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Future Faculty Development Program

The Virginia Tech Future Faculty Development Program is an exciting and rewarding two day event for a small group of doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars interested in pursuing academic careers.

2016 Future Faculty Development Program participants

The 2016 Future Faculty program was held January 11-14 at Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus to provide participants with the opportunity to hear presentations 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. 

Participants are hosted by a Virginia Tech department to tour research facilities, meet with current faculty to gain a greater awareness of research and teaching opportunities, and discuss their career prospects and academic work.  

  • Enhance the faculty pipeline by establishing and developing significant meaningful relationships with prospects, especially those from groups underrepresented in the professoriate, such as minorities and women.
  • 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 or two years 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 2016 Future Faculty Development Program was held January 11 - 14 at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Deadlines for next year's program will be available in late spring.

Virginia Tech departments may nominate potential participants by sending an email to no later than September 11, 2015. 

All potential participants must submit an application form, cover letter addressing the selection criteria, and CV to by October 2, 2015. Please follow the instructions on the application form.

Participant Name Year attended Future Faculty Development Program Current Position at Virginia Tech
Lissett Ramirez Bickford 2010 Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering
Denise Simmons 2010 Assistant Professor, Myers-Lawson School of Construction
Katy Ulrich 2010 Assistant Professor, Math Education
Travis Williams 2012 Postdoctoral Associate, Science and Technology in Society
Kendra Sewall 2012 Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Cermetrius Lynell Bohannon 2014 Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Design
Warren Milteer 2014 Assistant Professor, History
Sarah Stamps 2015 Assistant Professor, Geosciences
Jake Grohs 2015 Assistant Professor, Engineering Education
Shima Shahab 2015 Instructor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

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


Nomination and application information for next year's program will be available in late spring.

There is no cost to participants and travel funding is available.

Future Faculty Program Brochure (PDF | 279KB)

Future Faculty Program Flyer (PDF | 135KB)