Faculty Development & Support

Scientists Seeking Scientists

The Scientists Seeking Scientists bulletin board facilitates connections between researchers who are looking for assistance, expertise, or mentorship to push their careers and research programs forward. Requests or offers may include, but are not limited to, reviewing manuscripts or grant proposals, research collaborations, mentorship, or technical expertise. New requests and offers will be listed in the monthly newsletter. All postings can be accessed at any time by visiting the bulletin board. Please contact Maggie Berg with any questions. 

Join an MSI Writing Group

After a successful pilot year, the Microbial Systems Initiative is organizing another round of MSI writing groups for the 2022-2023 academic year. If you have never been a part of a writing group before, you might be wondering what it is and why you might join one. Adrienne Antonson, assistant professor of animal sciences, and Chris Gaulke, assistant professor of pathobiology, shared their thoughts on how the MSI writing groups were a boon to their productivity and career development. Learn more.

Contact Maggie Berg if you are interested in joining a group in the spring. Groups meet weekly on Zoom for 90 minutes. The first 20-30 minutes is spent discussing progress and goals before participants turn off their cameras and microphones to “write-on-site” for an hour.

Spring 2023 Writing Groups

  • Wednesdays, Jan. 18 – May 31, 9-10:30 a.m. (faculty)

Webinar Series: Getting Started at Illinois

The “Getting Started at Illinois” webinar series provided support to new and early-career faculty to help ease their transition to the University of Illinois campus and set them up for success on the tenure track and beyond. Each webinar was led by a panel of established investigators who shared their experiences and lessons learned regarding research, teaching, and service. Please contact Maggie Berg to receive access to the webinar recordings.


  • Sept. 9, 2020 – Introduction to the University of Illinois
  • Oct. 14, 2020 – Major Milestones Toward Tenure
  • Nov. 11, 2020 – Teaching and Mentoring
  • Dec. 9, 2020 – How to Decide Whether to Say “Yes” or “No” When Opportunity Knocks

Professional Development Resources from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Did you know the University of Illinois is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)? NCFDD provides all Illinois faculty, staff and students free access to a number of programs and resources like the Monday Motivator weekly email series, featuring topics such as “The Art of Saying ‘No.'” We encourage everyone to take advantage of our institutional membership and use the professional development services provided by the NCFDD.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

IHSI offers a wide range of experiences for faculty, students, clinicians, and professionals. These specialized courses, programs, and research experiences foster innovation and growth for our research community.

Office of the Provost

The Provost’s Office is committed to supporting development and mentoring opportunities which are vital to the success of faculty. They provide a variety of resources and programs to foster the growth and development of faculty careers.