External Career Enhancement Opportunities For Faculty

General Opportunities

  • Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR): To support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

  • Creativity Workshop: For people from all different disciplines, interests and levels of experience to develop their creative process through using creative writing, art, memoir, storytelling, drama, journaling and map making exercises.

  • Jefferson Science Fellows: Tenured academic scientists will spend one year at the U.S. Department of State for an on-site assignment in Washington, D.C. that may also involve extended stays at U.S. foreign embassies and/or missions.

  • MentorNet: A network for those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and others underrepresented in these fields, MentorNet provides highly motivated protégés from many of the world's top colleges and universities with positive, one-on-one, email-based mentoring relationships with mentors from industry, government, and higher education.

  • NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes: A variety of study opportunities in the humanities for faculty who teach American undergraduates. Designed to strengthen the quality of humanities teaching and scholarship, they are led by some of the nation's outstanding scholars and take place at major colleges and universities and archival facilities across the United States and abroad.

  • Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL): One of the leading advocates in this country for building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

  • Illume: Coordinates programs where faculty from different disciplines travel together overseas to explore history, politics, economics, language, art, religion and other facets of a local culture.

Research-Specific Opportunities

Teaching-Specific Opportunities

  • Carnegie Scholars Program: Brings together outstanding faculty committed to investigating and documenting significant issues in the teaching and learning of their fields. Serving for one-year terms, the Carnegie Scholars participate in two two-week residencies in consecutive summers and spend shorter periods together during the academic year.

  • Chautauqua Short Courses for College Teachers: An annual series of forums in which scholars at the frontiers of various sciences meet intensively for several days with undergraduate college teachers of science to enable the latter to keep their teaching current with respect to both content and pedagogy. NSF has not funded these lately, but they are still held around the country. This links to some courses held in January 2011 run by University of Texas at Austin (scroll to the bottom).

  • CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars: 1 to 2-week intensive seminars in many different foreign countries, designed for faculty who wish to incorporate their experiences abroad into the development and revision of courses with a global focus.

  • NITLE Geospatial Studies Initiative: For faculty who have an interest in using technology to work collaboratively on issues involving the teaching of these topics.

  • The University of Maine's Center for Teaching Excellence: A nearby institution that provides various resources including workshops on teaching issues at which Bowdoin faculty are welcome.

  • Wye Faculty Seminar at the Aspen Institute: An interdisciplinary seminar for college and university faculty on Citizenship in the American Polity, co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The mission is to assist professors from colleges and universities in relating their teaching to broad issues of citizenship in the American polity.