Future Faculty Bootcamp


Tuesday, June 6th, 2023

Health Sciences Learning Center, Room 1306 & Atrium

A full day, career development training event for all faculty-bound UW-Madison postdocs from any discipline, as well as senior graduate students who are affiliated with an NIH training program.  It includes presentations, panel discussions, and a workshop provided by UW-Madison faculty from the biological sciences, as well as the Delta Program.



 8:00-8:30am  Sign in
 8:30-9:00am  Welcome Seminar
 9:00-10:00am  Panel 1: The Application & Interview Process
 10:00-10:30am  Coffee Break
 10:30-11:30am  Panel 2: Negotiating Faculty Job Offers
 11:30am-12:30pm  Lunch
 12:30-1:30pm  Delta Program Workshop: So How Do You Teach and Mentor? Exploring and Articulating Your Approach as an Educator
 1:30-2:30pm  Panel 3: How to Build a Lab
 2:30-3:00pm  Coffee Break
 3:00-4:00pm  Panel 4: Navigating Future Faculty Issues & Closing Remarks
 4:00-5:00pm  Reception: Social Time & Networking



Please register here by May 23rd, 3:00pm.

Note: This event is for all UW-Madison postdocs from any discipline, as well as senior graduate students who are affiliated with an NIH training program only.

Questions about the event should be directed to Ellen Dobson (send email to ellen.dobson@wisc.edu or call 608-263-9370).

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Ellen Dobson (send email to ellen.dobson@wisc.edu or call 608-263-9370).


Panel Discussions

All panelists are UW-Madison biological sciences faculty.

Panel 1: The Application & Interview Process

Moderator: Jenny Dahlberg (Research Administration Director, Veterinary Medicine)
Panelists: Pallavi Tiwari (Radiology), Filiz Yesilkoy (Biomed Engineering), Dan Matson (Pathology & Lab Medicine), Jose Ayuso Dominguez (Dermatology)

Panel 2: Negotiating Faculty Job Offers

Moderator: Sigan Hartley (Human Development & Family Studies)
Panelists: Tyler Ulland (Pathology & Lab Medicine), Deneen Wellik (Cell & Regenerative Biology), Ari Rosenberg (Neuroscience), Natascha Merten (Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology)

Panel 3: How to Build a Lab

Moderator: Zsuzsanna Fabry (Pathology & Lab Medicine)
Panelists: Susan Thibeault (Surgery), Colleen McDowell (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences), Nathan Sherer (Oncology), Adam Bailey (Pathology & Lab Medicine)

Panel 4: Navigating Future Faculty Issues

Moderator: Robert Nickells (Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences)
Panelists: Zsuzsanna Fabry (Pathology & Lab Medicine), Anna Huttenlocher (Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Pediatrics), Brian Pogue (Medical Physics), Jo Handelsman (Wisconsin Institute for Discovery), Xinyu Zhao (Neuroscience)



"So How Do You Teach and Mentor? Exploring and Articulating Your Approach as an Educator"

This workshop will be facilitated by Jessica Maher, Associate Director, Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning.

Teaching and mentoring are important aspects of most faculty responsibilities, and evidence of effectiveness in these roles is increasingly used to help distinguish among candidates for many kinds of faculty positions. What might employers be looking for among prospective faculty as instructors and research mentors? How do you discuss your approach to teaching and mentoring in both written application materials and interview contexts? How do you leverage examples to demonstrate your ability to be successful as an educator? This session will help you consider how to explore, develop, and articulate your approach as a mentor and/or instructor – regardless of the depth of your previous experience in those roles.


Organizing Committee

  • Katrina Bell, Training Grants Research Administrator, Department of Surgery
  • Jenny Dahlberg, Research Administration Director, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ellen Dobson, Career Development Manager, Office of Postdoctoral Studies
  • Zsuzsanna Fabry, Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director, Cellular and Molecular Pathology Graduate Program, Vice-Chair for Research
  • Sigan Hartley, Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, 100 Women Distinguished Chair in Human Ecology, School of Human Ecology, Waisman Center Investigator
  • Robert W Nickells, Professor and F. A. Davis Chair, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
  • Nicole Perna, Professor & Graduate Program Director, Department of Genetics
  • Vivek Prabhakaran, Professor, Department of Radiology, ICTR TL1 CoDirector
  • Christina Swords, Graduate Medical Education (GME) Coordinator | Fellowship Coordinator, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Susan Thibeault, Professor, Department of Surgery, Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology, Vice Chair of Research, UW Health Medical Director of Speech & Hearing Services, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery



  • UW-Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies
  • School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Office of Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies
  • Delta Program in the Graduate School
  • Office of Training Grant Support (OTGS)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Vision Research Training Program, T32 EY027721
  • Predoctoral Training Program in Genetics, T32GM007133
  • Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Primary Care Research Fellowship funded by the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Voice Training Grant funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
  • Waisman Center, Biobehavioral Research on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities T32 Postdoctoral Training Program
  • Comparative Biomedical Sciences Training Program, T32OD010423-16A1
  • Department of Surgery, UW-Madison Voice Research Training Program, UW-Madison Surgical Oncology Research Training Program, UW- Madison Surgery Summer Research Experience for Medical Students

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