The Early Career Institute (ECI) is offered each year in mid-August, before the fall semester begins. The ECI includes three days of interactive workshops designed to accelerate the development of skills, knowledge, perspectives, attitudes, insights and relationships needed for success as a university faculty member. In addition to the three-day Institute workshops, ITLAL offers guidance and support for completion of several follow-up activities during the academic year.
During the ECI workshops, participants will learn and develop strategies to help them do the following:
1. Plan effectively to reach professional goals, including how to…
- establish and sustain a career trajectory that aligns with their goals, interests, and priorities,
- evaluate and select opportunities to lead and serve,
- communicate intentionally to ensure visibility and support of your work, and
- predict the short- and long-term consequences of decisions and actions.
2. Teach for maximum impact on student learning while managing time efficiently, including how to…
- design learning experiences to engage students and ensure deep and lasting learning,
- create positive and productive working relationships with students,
- move students into the role of autonomous, self-regulated learners, and
- manage classroom situations effectively.
3. Navigate a new institution, including how to…
- establish/define a role in the department and the institution,
- deal with the political dynamics of academic departments and interacting with (sometimes difficult) colleagues, and
- find mentors and learn how to be mentored well, and
- “manage up” in order to protect your goals, interests and priorities
After the ECI workshops, participants are strongly encouraged to engage in any of all of these follow-up activities during the academic year, with guidance and support from ITLAL:
- meet with ITLAL staff and ECI colleagues for monthly “coffee hour” meetings,
- develop and execute a focused academic year plan focused on teaching, research, and service,
- develop and document a mentoring relationship with another UAlbany faculty member,
- conduct “Early Semester Surveys” of students in classes (forms and administration provided by ITLAL),
- invite ITLAL staff to visit a class meeting, and
- engage in other individual consultations with ITLAL staff as needed for guidance on progress toward teaching, research, and leadership goals.