Future Faculty Development Program

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Students in a political science classroom

The Virginia Tech Future Faculty Development Program is an exciting and rewarding two-day program for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars traditionally underrepresented in their fields who are interested in Virginia Tech faculty opportunities.

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 Fall 2019 Deadline for VT faculty to submit nominations is August 30, 2019.


In collaboration with InclusiveVT, the 2019 Future Faculty  Development Program will be held November 10-13, 2019 on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus, providing participants with the opportunity to engage in professional development  and have candid discussions with department heads, deans, and current faculty members about faculty life and the range of responsibilities of faculty in learning, discovery, and engagement. 

40 participants will be hosted by a Virginia Tech academic department to tour research facilities, meet with current faculty to gain greater awareness of research and teaching opportunities, and discuss their career prospects and academic work. This is an all-expense paid pre-faculty interview visit. Participants are expected to give an academic research presentation.

Enhance the faculty pipeline by establishing and developing significant meaningful relationships with prospects, especially scholars traditionally underrepresented in their fields.

Provide the opportunity for participants to gain a greater awareness of Virginia Tech, which will enhance their ability to envision themselves as members of our community.

Develop a network of new scholars in priority research areas.

Be a graduate student or post-doctoral scholar within one year of seeking a faculty position at a research intensive institution,

Demonstrate career goals, research interests, and academic potential that align with Virginia Tech's mission and programs, and

Able to meaningfully contribute to the university's continuing commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.


The 2019 Fall Future Faculty Development Program will be held November 10-13, 2019 on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus.

Nominations from Virginia Tech faculty to this program are solicited in the summer and early fall and are due no later than August 30, 2019. VT faculty can nominate a candidate by completing the qualtrics survey link below to provide nominee names, current institution, contact information, area of discplinary interest, how the nominee was identified, and a very brief (~1paragraph) justification of the nominee's qualifications.

Both nominated and unnominated individuals are encouraged to apply on or before September 15, 2019.  

**Application Form**

Apply for the program. Both nominated and unnominated candidates should complete the online application and submit required materials (cover letter, curriculum vitae, and diversity statement).

Applicants will be notified of program acceptance no later than October 1, 2019.

Send inquiries about the program to InclusiveVT@vt.edu.

2017-future -faculty-agenda.pdf
Participant Name Year Attended  Current Position at Virginia Tech                                                                                               

Katy Ulrich


Assistant Professor, Math Education

Megan Shepard


Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Nutrition

Kendra Sewall


Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Cermetrius Lynell Bohannon


Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Design

Mauro Caraccioli


Assistant Professor, Political Science

Sarah Stamps


Assistant Professor, Geosciences

Jake Grohs


Assistant Professor, Engineering Education

Shima Shahab


Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

Freddy Paige


Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Robin White


Assistant Professor, Animal and Poultry Science

Vanessa Diaz


Research Assistant Professor, Psychology

Nicole Pitterson


Assistant Professor, Engineering Education

Phil Thompson


Assistant Professor, Management

Comments from previous participants:

"I am incredibly happy to have had the chance to participate in the FFDP. It provided me an in depth perspective on many aspects of faculty life at VT.  I was able to make connections with persons during FFDP that positively influenced my career path and ultimately led to me choosing to seek employment at VT. "

Denise Simmons, Assistant Professor, Myers-Lawson School of Construction, 2010 Future Faculty Participant