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Early Career Faculty Development

The CCSS aims to socialize our newest faculty members into a culture of collaboration and high impact research.

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“My department’s Jfac lunches offered me a supportive place to ask questions and make connections. The group became a major factor in my success during those pre-tenure years. I’m very excited to bring the program to the CCSS.” 
– Sahara Byrne, Professor of Communication and Co-Director of the CCSS

Early Career Faculty Development Programs are designed to strengthen collaborative culture across colleges and units by building community across the newest faculty in the social sciences

Junior Faculty (Jfac) Peer Mentoring Lunches

This program is postponed for AY 20-21 due to the pandemic and replaced by the collaboration grants. In AY 21-22, the CCSS will host catered informal lunches for Assistant Professors from any unit across campus who identify with, or are interested in working within, four social science superfields: Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Policy.  

Contact us with any questions regarding Jfac Lunches.


Postdoctoral Working Group

This interdisciplinary group for postdoctoral social scientists is co-sponsored by the Cornell Center for Social Sciences, Cornell Population Center, Center for the Study of Inequality, and the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. This group fosters the development of work in progress and research collaborations through monthly lunch meetings. The meetings are held in different rooms in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall or the Human Ecology Building. The postdoctoral group is facilitated by Sarah James, Postdoctoral Fellow with Policy Analysis and Management. 

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Other Cornell Resources 

Cornell Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

The Cornell Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (OFDD) provides a range of resources, including training and support for Deans, Department Chairs, and individual faculty members, in the areas of faculty development and diversity. The OFDD works with Deans, Chairs and search committees to improve recruitment and retention practices and to increase diversity in faculty hiring. The office provides guidance to the academic leadership and to individual faculty members on mentoring and the tenure and promotion processes. The OFDD also offers professional development programming and grants opportunities for faculty. The office actively collaborates with the Division of Human Resources, the Dean of the Faculty, and other offices on campus in its efforts to support the success and well-being of all faculty members.

The office is led by Avery August, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Yael Levitte, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.

External Resources 

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Cornell is a member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, a nationally recognized, independent organization providing online career development and mentoring resources. The subscription entitles all faculty, academic staff, and graduate students access to tools to increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance. It includes weekly productivity tips, writing challenges, and professional development webinars. You can sign up here

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