Program Dates: 2021-2022 Program Dates to Be Announced (Pending COVID-19 Travel Restriction Relief)

Application Deadline: TBD

Location: Boulder, Colorado

ACTIVE, the CU Engineering Faculty Development and Leadership Intensive, is an expense-paid, three-day program open to domestic doctoral students and new post-docs whose identity community/ies have been minoritized in STEM and who are interested in pursuing engineering faculty careers. Applicants should be graduate engineering scholars near the end of their academic training or just starting post-doctoral work with at least one year remaining before entering the academic job market. Preference will be given to individuals whose research areas match those of the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science.

This program provides PhD candidates and new post-doc participants insight into the faculty selection and hiring processes at an R1 institution to demystify the interviewing experience. ACTIVE program participants will learn about hiring committee practices and will learn how to package their experiences and unique characteristics for success in a faculty search. In addition, participants will explore the growing academic community here at the University of Colorado Boulder and hear about upcoming employment opportunities. CU Engineering comprises 18 degree programs, six academic departments, and six interdisciplinary research themes.

CU Engineering is a top research university dedicated to excellent research, teaching, and learning. Our pedagogy is rooted in active learning, which uses research-based methods to bring theory to life in any classroom or teaching setting. Read about the 2018 and 2019 ACTIVE Program cohort participants.

Program Overview: During your time on campus, you will:

  • Plan your 3–5 year teaching and research portfolio
  • Craft questions that you should be asking during your faculty interviews
  • Interact with current CU engineering faculty and students
  • Meet peers, potential future collaborators, and/or mentors to expand your professional network
  • Discuss differences between research (tenure-track) and instructional faculty professional paths and interact with CU faculty in each type of role
  • Experience various aspects of the beautiful CU Boulder campus and surrounding area

Applicant Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient with at least one minoritized identity that is underrepresented among engineering faculty nationwide (race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic class, veteran status, ability, etc.)
  • Be a doctoral student, preferably within two years of earning a Ph.D., or a new post-doctoral researcher who is currently planning to pursue an academic career that aligns with one or more research or teaching areas within the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Express an understanding of, and dedication to, inclusive excellence and diversity that would translate into your research and teaching topics and methods

Documents Required for Application:

  • Two-page (maximum) CV
  • Two-page (maximum) cover letter that includes a personal statement regarding your experiences and characteristics that highlights your potential as a rising scholar; along with research area, teaching experience, or interests; and why this professional development intensive would be a valuable experience as you move forward towards an academic career.

Applicants must complete the form below and upload the required documents indicated above to be considered for this opportunity.

To discuss the program or ask specific questions, contact Robyn Sandekian, Ph.D., at

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