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

"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’s 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.