Junior Faculty Forum

The Junior Faculty Forums are held monthly specifically for junior faculty to focus on the critical areas important to their teaching, research, writing, scholarship, and promotion and tenure goals. Faculty members are encouraged to suggest topics for future Junior Faculty Forums by contacting Ms. Jacqueline Young, Program Manager, at jyoung1@howard.edu. 

Junior Faculty Forum Topics, 2021-2022

Thursday, March 24, 4:00 p.m. on Zoom

Faculty Success: The Reappointment Review Process. This forum will provide junior faculty with an inside view of the new Faculty Success system and the streamlined reappointment process being implemented for 2022-2023 reappointments. The presenters are:

  • Angela Cole Dixon, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • Kimberly L. Jones, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost

Thursday, February 10, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Zoom What I Wish I Had Known When I Was a Junior Faculty Member." This forum will be held on Zoom. Our esteemed Howard panel has agreed to share what they wish they had known early in their academic careers. They will share nuggets, gems, lessons learned along the way, and those “why didn’t somebody tell me that” moments! They will engage with you and answer your questions. It should be a lively, relevant, and fun discussion! Our special faculty guests are:

  • Sosanya Jones, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, School of Education
  • Judi Moore Latta, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, formerly on the faculty of the Dept. of Media, Journalism and Film in the School of Communications
  • Elka M. Stevens, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Art, Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Zoom – “The APT Process Part II: The Evaluator’s Perspective” This Junior Faculty Forum will bring together evaluators of the promotion and tenure applications. They will go in-depth on what they look for in a complete package. They will tell you where they spend the most time. They will offer suggestions and tips for improving your package, and more! You will also have the opportunity to ask the evaluators your burning questions. So, whether you’re up for tenure/promotion soon or still a year or two away, you don’t want to miss this information session which will help prepare you for the process. The evaluators are:

  • Dr. Ramesh Chawla, Professor, College of Engineering and Architecture, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
  • Dr. Denee Mwendwa, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Psychology
  • Dr. Tia Tyree, Professor, Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Dept. of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications  

Friday, December 10, 2021

“The APT Process from the Perspective of the Applicant.” Two newly tenured faculty will share what they learned on the road to tenure. They will talk about planning for the process; how they gathered information and data and why it’s important to keep track of it; how they put together their applications; how they prepared for the narrative components; and much more! Our newly tenured faculty speakers are:

  • Dr. Rachel Watson, Associate Professor in the Dept. of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Liana Valente, Associate Professor in the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts

Thursday, November 18, 4:00 p.m. on Zoom,

"You Belong Here: Ways to Overcome Imposter Syndrome.” What is imposter syndrome and why do so many faculty fall into the imposter syndrome trap? What are the signs of imposter syndrome? How can it be overcome? What impact can it have on the career of a junior faculty? Our guest speaker has a long-standing commitment to improving the lives of minorities and others through mental health and self-care initiatives. She will discuss imposter syndrome and will encourage an interactive and open discussion. The guest speaker is:

  • Shareefah N. Al'Uqdah, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology, School of Education 

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

"Good Mental Health: Ensuring Faculty Success."  Sandra E. Crewe, Ph.D., Dean of the Howard University School of Social Work, will speak to junior faculty about the importance of prioritizing mental health and wellness and why it is especially important for faculty on the tenure-track. Dean Crewe will also acknowledge the challenges junior faculty may have faced during the pandemic, including home-schooling and parenting children. 

Junior Faculty Forum Topics, 2020-2021

"Zoom Fatigue: Recognizing It and What to Do," Thursday, March 18, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Are you dreading the return to the Zoom room even after a restful spring break? Then you may want join us for a conversation on Zoom fatigue. Is Zoom fatigue really a “thing”? How do you know you if you are suffering from it? How can it affect you? What can you do to shake it off and energize yourself (and your students) for the remainder of the semester? Ms. Shakira Jarvis of University Counseling Services at Howard University will talk to junior faculty about Zoom fatigue and will address these and other questions and concerns. 

"What's Really Happening in the Virtual Classroom: Teaching and Learning Online," Friday, February 19, 2021,11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. What's really happening in the virtual classroom? Are students learning and mastering the material? What are some best practices for teaching and learning online? What strategies and unique ideas have you used in the Zoom classroom? Two professors share their strategies, ideas, observations and success stories. Presenters: Jennifer Thomas, Associate Professor, Department of Media, Journalism and Film, Cathy Hughes School of Communications and Rajni Goel, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean, School of Business.  

"Promoting Yourself and Your Work," Friday, December 11, 2020, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Get tips on promoting yourself within your professional circle and beyond. Our esteemed speakers have agreed to share their expertise on everything from marketing, promoting and branding to becoming a go-to-source for tv, print news, and social media. Presenters: Keneshia Grant, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences and Mr. Frank Tramble, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Howard University.


"Create the Environment: Enhance the Learning," Thursday, November 12, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m. This session will discuss ways to create an instructional environment that is conducive for and fosters learning. This session will also discuss course design and delivery approaches that promote holistic student learning that extends well beyond the course. The goal of this session to promote intentionality and alignment between the course experience and its outcome. Presenter: Morris Thomas, Ph.D., Director of CETLA, Howard University.