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Future Faculty Programs

The Education Division is committed to enhance the profession by enabling current and, in particular, future faculty members to better prepare for and practice all aspects of their profession.

Future Faculty Mentoring Program

The Education Division will soon be accepting applications for the 2024-2025 cohort of the Future Faculty Mentoring Program, kicking off at the 2024 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. The Future Faculty Mentoring Program will pair senior graduate students and post-doctoral scholars (MENTEES) with senior faculty members (tenure-track and continuing/professional/teaching track) from the Education Division (MENTORS). The Education Division is also seeking recent members who have particpated in the program as mentees to provide additional resources as Junior Mentors. If you have been a mentee and would like to participate as a Junior Mentor, please apply under the MENTOR APPLICATION and indicate Junior Mentor in the appropriate field. 

The formal program will last one year starting and ending at the AICHE Annual meeting. However, it is expected that many of these relationships will continue long after. The benefit to the Mentee is gaining perspective, advice, and mentorship beyond their own education and experience from a faculty member outside the university where they are studying. It is expected that this relationship can have high impact and greatly broaden the mentee's vision of the profession. The benefit to the Mentor is the reward of sharing their knowledge and skills, helping others succeed, and supporting the profession.

Program Requirements

If selected for this program, the following activities are recommended (Note: You may still participate in the FFM Program even if you choose not to attend the Annual Meeting in San Diego):

  • Attend the kick-off meeting Sunday (early evening) at the 2024 AIChE Annual meeting
  • Meet with your mentee/mentor at some time during the AIChE Annual meeting to develop a mentoring project idea. Reimbursement for up to $15/person for lunch meetings is available.
  • Monthly phone/Webex/Zoom/Teams/etc/email with your mentee/mentor - whatever works best for you!
  • Wrap-Up Survey in May/June 2025

We will pair mentors and mentees based on interests and demographics. Pairs will be identified no later than October 1, 2024. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the program coordinator, Dr. Daniel D. Burkey (daniel.burkey@uconn.edu). If you are interested in participating, please fill out an application.

Application Deadline:  Sunday, September 1, 2024

MENTEE APPLICATION (Opens Summer 2024 - will redirect to a Google Form)

MENTOR APPLICATION (Open Summer 2024 - will redirect to a Google Form)

Other Resources for Future Faculty

Preparing Future Chemical Engineering Faculty

A guide to finding an academic position by Dr. Laura Hirshfield (PDF)

Workshops at the AIChE Annual Meeting

  • Career Planning Workshop for Prospective Faculty: TBD
  • Teaching Workshop for New or Prospective Faculty: TBD