Fulbright-Cottrell Second Junior Faculty Professional Development Workshop

Berlin, June 18 - 20, 2018


The second evening of the workshop will feature a Trilateral Science Slam.
Applications for participants are being accepted until March 23 - deadline extended to March 30!


This second annual workshop aims to gather junior group leaders in the fields of chemistry, physics, and astronomy; their academic administrative leaders at German universities; experts in educational exchange from the Fulbright Kommission; and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) for a unique opportunity to further professional development.

The workshop offers training for junior group leaders in Germany on how to best implement evidence-based pedagogies, integrate research and teaching, use new strategies for communicating science to the public, and develop skills in time management, leadership, mentoring students, and networking. The workshop also engages the academic administrative leaders in Germany in a dialogue on how to leverage professional development for future academic leaders and increase the university's impact on society.


The workshop has the following objectives:

  • Apply change theory to promote academic initiatives (new German tenure-track model). We will cover how junior faculty can maximize their chances for promotion by influencing change, and what skills are key for the transition to a tenure-track model.
  • Apply communication skills that convince authority figures and rally subordinates: convincing and motivating effectively in an academic environment.
  • Develop skills to optimize student learning: applying evidence-based methods on learning that transcend the classroom and aid research success.
  • Examine the alignment of the Fulbright-RCSA Cottrell-Scholar Initiative with the 1000 New Tenure-Track Professors German Initiative: debunking the myth of the research-and-teaching zero-sum game. How the top researchers are usually the best educators and can bring universities to a higher level.

This workshop is a continuation of the "Bridges to Germany" Workshop, which was held in May 2017 in Mainz as part of the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative. This initiative adapts aspects of two established programs offered by the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative to the German academic landscape: the CSC New Faculty Workshop and the CSC Academic Leadership Training Workshop.

This workshop is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Fulbright Commission, which administers the annual Fulbright-Cottrell Award in collaboration with the American Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Target Groups:

  • Junior group leaders, habilitated researchers (including junior professors, Juniordozenten, and Privatdozenten), and postdoctoral researchers who are working or planning to work at a German university with teaching responsibilities in the fields of chemistry, physics, or astronomy.
  • Academic leaders of German universities.


  • Carla Frohlich, North Carolina State University
  • Jamie Moore, German-American Fulbright Commission
  • Olalla Vázquez, Philipps Universität Marburg

Invited Speakers

  • Andrew Feig, Wayne State University
  • Rigoberto Hernandez, Johns Hopkins University
  • Silvia Ronco, RCSA
  • Jairo Sinova, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • Rory Waterman, University of Vermont

Incomplete list - more speakers to be added.