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Vol. XXV No. 4
March / April 2013
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MIT Freshman Mentoring and Advising:
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Undergraduates Support Faculty Mentorship of Every MIT Freshman
Survey of Graduate Alumni: Career Trajectories, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Skills
Why I Live With Students . . . .
30th Anniversary of the Writing and Communication Center
Workshop: Leadership Skills for Science and Engineering Faculty
Underrepresented Minorities
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Workshop: Leadership Skills for Science and Engineering Faculty


MIT Professional Education will be holding a workshop entitled “Leadership Skills for Engineering and Science Faculty on June 10-11, 2013.

Who should attend: This hands-on workshop can provide significant insights to junior faculty, senior faculty, department heads, and higher administrators involved in technical research and teaching. Non-academics and students may not attend.

Focus: Human-centered strategies for leading effective teams in technical academic environments. Through a series of interactive role-playing activities, self-assessment instruments, and group discussions, you and your colleagues will develop a repertoire of techniques for addressing issues that commonly arise within technical research groups and among teaching staff.

Participant outcomes: An appreciation of how your own leadership style affects research, education, and the learning process. You will gain insights into

  •    emotions in the workplace
  •    communicating effectively with people who think differently from you
  •    how to foster creativity
  •    dealing with conflict
  •    giving effective feedback
  •    how different situations call for different leadership strategies
  •    student motivation
  •    self-understanding as a leader

Pedagogy: The workshop promotes awareness of the participants’ own styles of leadership and offers them new approaches to explore. Since leadership styles are highly individual and situational, the instructors do not judge styles as “good” or “bad,” but provide a nonjudgmental yet structured environment in which you can discover what works for you. No dogma! — just scientifically informed frameworks and models of human behavior to leverage your own common sense.


* Charles E. Leiserson, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, MIT 
* Chuck McVinney, Management Consultant, McVinney & Company 

What Participants Say

More than 95% of over 300 past participants have graded this workshop A or A+.
Here are some of their comments:

“The professor/student role-playing taught me how differences in communication styles can seriously complicate interactions, a poignant and unforgettable lesson.”
Proessor. Polina Golland, MIT

“Tremendously helpful!  I learned many key things essential to running a group and 
interacting with others that you don’t learn anywhere else.” 
Professor Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli, Mechanical Engineering, MIT 

“I strongly recommend this workshop to anyone in a supervisory role.” 
Dr. Jim Glass, Computer Science, MIT 

“I wish I took this course 10 years ago. Today is a milestone in my understanding of who I am as a professor.”
Sagar Kamarlhi
, Associate Professor, Northeastern University

“I wish I had taken this in my first year as a faculty.”
Alan Aspuru-Guzik
, Associate Professor, Harvard University

“An eye opener on human relationships and leadership founded on rigorous personality classification and human motivation. Every professor should take it.”
Rahul Sarpeshkar
, Associate Professor, MIT

"The lessons learned will help my group (and me) avoid wasting many hours on unproductive interpersonal issues."
Professor Michael Bender, Stony Brook University

“16 hours well spent! Best workshop I’ve attended!”
Professor David Patterson, U. California, Berkeley

How to Register

$1,600 – Regular Tuition
$1,360 – Tuition for MIT faculty after 15% group discount is applied
MIT’s Office of Sponsored Programs advises that the cost is eligible for direct charging to a sponsored research project, because workshop activities can be identified specifically with the participant’s particular project and benefits that project directly.

In addition, the Dean of Engineering has made eight full scholarships available for faculty in the School of Engineering and the Dean of Science will provide full funding for interested tenure-track faculty members in the School of Science.

For more information, please visit the course Website or contact MIT Professional Education Short Programs by e-mailing If you wish to register, you should do so by May 10. 

Note: Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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