SITPA is a two-year program that includes:

  • A required 3 day workshop on earning tenure, held on Duke's campus August 1-3, 2021
  • 24 months of mentoring from a senior faculty in your discipline
  • Consultations on select research and/or teaching projects
  • Teaching and research grants

Workshoppicture of workshop participates

At the beginning of their first year, scholars attend a 3 day workshop held in August on the campus of Duke University. The workshop combines interactive panel discussions, directed research assignments, and individual sessions with a senior faculty mentor. The objective is to provide scholars with information, strategies, and skills needed to facilitate the transition from junior faculty status to tenured associate professor. Please note, depending on Duke's Covid-19 summer 2021 protocol, the workshop may be virtual.

Projects and Mentoring

picture of mentor and fellow conversingSITPA scholars will be matched with a senior faculty mentor from their discipline and from a college or university other than their own, but one with the same Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classification. Scholars, in consultation with their mentor, will identify two specific research or teaching-related projects (e.g. journal article, book chapter, manuscript prospectus, grant proposal, teaching portfolio, etc.) on which the scholar will work for the 2-year program period. The projects will be selected on the basis of the expectations and requirements for tenure at the scholar's college or university, and on the basis of general tenure expectations in the scholar’s discipline. SITPA scholars are required to meet with their mentor for a minimum of 1.5 hours a month for 24 consecutive months, via an online electronic meeting platform, to discuss and receive feedback on their research and/or teaching projects.

Teaching and Research Grants

In addition to lodging and travel expenses for the summer workshop, scholars will receive a $750 grant to further their research and or teaching activities after completing one of the research or teaching-related projects, and after meeting all other program requirements. Scholars will receive an additional $750 grant upon completing their second project.