FAQ: NextProf Fall Session

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NextProf?

The 2017 NextProf Fall Engineering Workshop is designed to give highly qualified participants the opportunity to explore and prepare for a faculty position in engineering. The Workshop will focus on increasing diversity in the academy. We seek applications from women and traditionally under-represented groups in engineering at U.S. institutions who are senior-level Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and early career scientists and researchers interested in an academic career in engineering . This three-day workshop provides participants a glimpse of what it’s like in the day-in-the-life of a professor in academia, as well as best practices for preparing a faculty application package, acclimating to the junior faculty position, and successfully starting a research lab.


When and Where will the NextProf Workshop take place?

The 2017 NextProf Fall Engineering Workshop is sponsored by the University of Michigan, College of Engineering and will be held September 26 –  29, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the University of Michigan’s North Campus.  The workshop will start at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27 and end at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2016. Selected participants are required to attend all sessions of the Workshop and to arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, in order to attend the Welcome reception at 5:00 p.m. at The Kensington  Hotel.


Who may apply?

The 2017 NextProf Fall Engineering Workshop is currently open to women and traditionally under-represented groups in engineering at U.S. institutions who are senior-level Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and early career scientists meeting the following eligibility criteria:

  • Participants must be interested in an academic career in engineering at an exceptional research or teaching institution.  
  • Participants must have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and excellence in engineering.  
  • Participants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.


I am a current UM PhD candidate or postdoc; may I apply to the Fall session?



What is the Cost?

The 2017 NextProf Fall Engineering Workshop is free to participants that are selected to attend via our application process. Travel within the continental United States, lodging, and meals will be provided for attendees. Selected participants will be contacted with instructions on how to arrange their travel using University of Michigan travel resources. Participants will be responsible for all incidentals they incur. 


How do I apply?

Details for applying to the 2017 NextProf Fall Engineering Workshop can be found here.  Applications should be submitted in their entirety by Friday, June 23, 2017, 5PM EST.   


How does one demonstrate “commitment to diversity”?

A “demonstrated commitment to diversity” may be experiences and/or project participation that highlight the applicant’s ability to bring to his/her academic and research career a demonstrated skill set across various dimensions of diversity, e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, age, educational backgrounds, etc. Such experiences may include, but are not limited to, experience teaching or mentoring students from diverse backgrounds and teaching or participation in courses or seminars focused on diversity.  Discussions of the broader impact of the applicant’s research are also acceptable. This may include discussions of how your research has the potential to serve the needs of groups that have been historically under-served by academic research, or ways in which your research may contribute to understanding barriers facing members of groups historically under-represented in engineering.


How will I know if I’m selected to attend?

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than July 21, 2017.


What should I wear?

The dress code for the workshop is business casual attire except for the Thursday evening dinner which is business attire. September weather in Ann Arbor is pleasant with temperatures ranging from 53°F to 73°F. Most of the workshop will be held in the Lurie Engineering Center (LEC). The temperature in the LEC is maintained between 67° and 70° F.


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.