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. 


April 2024 Forum


Bridging Institutional Assessment with Classroom Assessment

This forum was led by the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Mrs. Taneika Thompson, this session on Bridging Institutional Assessment with Classroom Assessment was designed to demonstrate the significance and linkages between the two forms of assessment. An overview of Howard University's Institutional Assessment practices and technologies was provided. The course evaluation process and ways to use student feedback were discussed. Finally, the facilitator responded to questions and suggested resources to support ongoing needs.


About the Facilitator

Taneika Thompson is a collaborative higher education administrator who is skilled at developing talent and has years of proven experience in institutional research and effectiveness. Specifically, Ms. Thompson is proficient at analyzing data, identifying trends, and producing reports for data-informed decision making and evidence gathering to support assessment for compliance and continuous improvement. 

View the recorded session here.

2023-24 Forum Topics

Forum Flier

APT Part 2: Perspective and Insights from Successful Applicants for Promotion and Tenure

Thursday, February 15, 2024, on Zoom 

Three recently promoted and tenured faculty share their perspectives and insights on their successful journey to promotion and tenure. The new associate professors will also take questions from the facilitator and attendees. How did they gather information for their application? How soon did they start planning for the process? How did they prepare for the narrative components of the process? What lessons did they learn and are willing to share? These are a few of the questions among many others that our panel may address. This Junior Faculty Forum is part of the continuing dialogue about promotion and tenure at Howard University.


The Panel

  • JaNeen Cross, DSW, School of Social Work
  • Alaina Davis, Ph.D., Cathy Hughes School of Communications, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Tricia Elam Walker, J.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of English

View the recorded session here. Expiration date: 2024-03-21, 11:59 PM


Lessons Learned by the Reviewers in the APT Process

Four Tenured members of the Howard University faculty who participate in the Promotion &Tenure process as reviewers discuss the strengths and weaknesses of an application for Promotion and Tenure.



  • Jacoby Carter, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Molly Levine, Ph.D., Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Rubin Patterson, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kimberly Jones, Ph.D.Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost

Click here to view webinar. (Expiration date: 2024-07-21, 11:59 PM Note: Registration required for access)


Leading with Love: Engaging the Gen Z Student

Dr. James M. Ballard, a clinical psychologist and the onsite clinical practitioner in the College of Fine Arts will address the junior faculty on the most effective ways to teach and engage with Generation Z students. Often referred to as “digital natives who never knew the world without the Internet,” these “authentic,” “diverse,” and “socially concerned” Gen Z students fill the classrooms of Howard University.  Dr. Ballard will bring his knowledge and experience to what will be an enlightening and insightful conversation with junior faculty.

Thursday, November 16, 4:00 p.m. on Zoom

View the recorded session here.

About the Speaker

James M. Ballard III, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and certified Life Coach. Dr. Ballard designs social-emotional modules to educate, guide, and support artists and athletes opting to enter, work within, or transition from the entertainment industry. Dr. Ballard provides coaching, training, and counseling services to student, amateur, and professional artists, and has done so through NIKE, The New England Music Organization, IndieGate.com, SOAC Entertainment, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and other organizations. Dr. Ballard has extensive experience providing individual and group counseling, and has also provided family counseling. Dr. Ballard has completed numerous educational and comprehensive psychological evaluations and presents as an expert on multicultural programming with African-American populations in the juvenile justice system. Dr. Ballard created and taught an Entertainment Psychology course at Sojourner Douglass College. He is a former NCAA scholarship/basketball player, song writer, vocalist, producer, and performer.

photo of Dr. Ballard


Forum Flier

“Black Internationalization and Resources to Bring the World into the Classroom”

This Junior Faculty Forum will focus on ways to strengthen internationalization in teaching. Ms. Tonija Hope, director of the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, will discuss this timely topic which has been gaining momentum in higher education. Ms. Hope will also share some of the many ways the Bunche Center can be a resource for junior faculty who want to “bring the world” into their classroom.

Time: Sep 21, 2023 - 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

View the recorded session here.

2022-2023 FORUM TOPICS

March Topic

“Lessons Learned by the Reviewers in the APT Review Process”

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Click to view webinar recording here.

Passcode: pELX1Ec+

Expiration date: 2023-05-23, 11:59 PM  

Viewers need to register to access this recording.

Faculty Success Announcement

This session on Faculty Success provides an overview on an online platform provided by Faculty Success (formerly Watermark) that allows the University to collect and process information related to faculty activities and performance.   This session addresses why we use this platform, how it helps faculty,  and what faculty can do on a regular basis to get ready for an annual evaluation, reappointment, or promotion/tenure decision.  Dr. Jones, the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, will also Identify some of the key FAQs or issues that faculty raise using Faculty Success.   

Announcement Faculty Forum

So, What Are You Working On? Junior Faculty Share their Works in Progress or Completed Works,” Thursday, October 27, 2022, 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. Junior faculty share their unique and cutting-edge research projects in an empowering and informative forum.


  • Steven Cummings, Ph.D., Chemistry
  • Marina del Sol, Ph.D., English
  • Nicole Jenkins, Ph.D., Sociology and Criminology
  • Kendall Moody, Ph.D., Social Work

 Use the link below to register for the October 27 Junior Faculty Forum:


 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Forum Announcement

A panel of four experienced Howard faculty from different Schools and Colleges discussed the factors, experiences, and opportunities that contributed to their successful careers in the academy. They also identified the potential obstacles that can impair success and offered advice and strategies on how to avoid them. The panel engaged with the junior faculty in a lively, informal session on Zoom.


  • Jacoby Carter,  Ph.D., Dept. of Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Amol Kulkarni, Ph.D., Dept. of Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy
  • Denise Streeter, Ph.D., Dept. of Accounting, School of Business
  • Professor Ingrid Sturgis, Dept. of Media, Journalism and Film, Cathy Hughes School of Communications

Recording of the September 15, 2022 forum. Expiration date: October 16, 2022 11:59 PM