FAQ: Next Prof for UM students

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NextProf for University of Michigan?

The NextProf for University of Michigan Workshop is aimed at introducing engineering Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars to the rigors of an academic career.  For students in their early stages, this day-and-a-half workshop provides best practices and considerations for charting your path to academia as well as provide first-hand accounts of the academic rigor and expectations of engineering faculty. For the more senior-level PhD students and postdocs, it  provides  a glimpse of  best practices for preparing a faculty application package, acclimating to the junior faculty position, and successfully starting a research lab.  All participants walk away with an understanding of a day-in-the-life of an engineering professor.


When and where will the NextProf Workshop take place?

NextProf for University of Michigan, sponsored by the University of Michigan College of Engineering, will be held May 10-11, 2017 on North Campus.  Participants are required to attend all sessions.


Who may apply?

NextProf for University of Michigan is open to current University of Michigan PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early-career scientists within the College of Engineering who are interested in exploring an academic career in engineering at an exceptional research or teaching institution.


How does this session differ from the Fall session and from the Rackham-CRLT Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Seminar, also offered in the Spring?

The Spring session of NextProf is uniquely tailored to University of Michigan applicants, providing opportunities to connect with UM faculty and colleagues while exploring academic careers. This session, NextProf for University of Michigan, is has something for participants are every level of their career who are considering the engineering professorate.

 The NextProf Fall session is similar and designed for senior-level PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career scientists.  This workshop is open to applicants from around the country, and is focused on administering best practices for navigating the process of applying to engineering faculty positions.  

On the other hand, the Rackham-CRLT Preparing Future Faculty Seminar prepares advanced University of Michigan graduate students and postdocs from a variety of disciplines for the transition into their first faculty jobs.  It has multiple foci including learning about faculty-life in different types of institutions; preparing documents for a job search, particularly sample course syllabi and statements of teaching philosophy; and developing effective and reflective teaching methods.  


If I have been accepted to the May 2017 Rackham-CRLT Preparing Future Faculty Seminar, which includes a session on May 11, may I also participate in the May 11th Next Prof?

Yes.  The Rackham-CRLT PFF Seminar does allow one absence across it’s 10 session program. If you find yourself with this conflict, please be in touch with the PFF Seminar organizers as soon as possible.   


I am a current UM (4th-year or greater) PhD candidate or postdoc; may I apply to the Spring session?

Yes; however University of Michigan College of Engineering senior-level PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers are also encouraged to apply to the Fall session of the NextProf workshops. 


Will accommodations for travel and lodging be provided?

NextProf for University of Michigan is geared to current University of Michigan applicants; with all sessions held on North Campus.  As such, there will be no additional accommodations for travel or lodging.


How do I register?

Participants may register via the online registration tool.  Capacity is limited so register soon.  Registrations received after capacity is reached will be wait-listed.   


What should I wear?

The dress code for the conference is business casual attire. 


What should I do if I’m selected but then need to cancel?

Please be reminded that attendance at all sessions of the conference is required.  If, for any reason, you are aware that you are unable to fully participate in the conference schedule, please contact us as soon as possible so that another applicant may have the opportunity to participate.


Please email your questions to:   NextProfMI@umich.edu