Mentoring & Professional Development

FAS Tenured Publication Fund

This fund aids tenured FAS faculty members in bringing scholarly book projects to timely completion. All tenured faculty members in the FAS's Divisions of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Science, and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are eligible to apply. In AY 2015-2016, the FAS will provide funds for 40 FAS faculty members to receive up to $5,000 apiece. These funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, to help defray eligible expenses. The Fund is meant to supplement other available means of support; faculty are expected to seek departmental, center-based, and external funds before applying to this Fund.

Faculty Geomap

The Harvard Faculty Geomap is a map-based address book and networking tool for eligible Harvard faculty members. The Geomap shows the physical location (by home address) of participating Harvard faculty members and provides them with the ability to search for colleagues by pre-specified attributes, such as their Harvard School, commuting preference, home country, and personal interests. Participants can also form social networks by emailing peers. The version of the Harvard Faculty Geomap that requires login is exclusively available to eligible Harvard faculty members who opt in to create a user profile. If you have questions about the Geomap, please contact the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at

Harvard Public Affairs and Communications

Harvard Public Affairs and Communications facilitates the University's relationships with neighboring communities; local, state, and federal government; the media; and the general public. HPAC manages the University's homepage, the Harvard Gazette, and Harvard's Information Center.

FAS Senior Advisor on Faculty Development

Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, is the Senior Advisor on Faculty Development to the Edgerley Family Dean of the FAS. Professor Banaji works with FAS departments, SEAS areas, and deans to promote best practices in faculty search and promotion processes and to strengthen the professional climate for all faculty. Professor Banaji can be reached at

FAS Office of Communications

The FAS Office of Communications handles media inquiries, develops publications, and can provide media training and advice to faculty interacting with the press.

FAS Development Office

The FAS Development Office works with faculty and deans to ensure that academic planning aligns productively with fundraising. The Development Office oversees the Campaign for Arts and Sciences, in consultation with FAS and University leadership.

Center for Workplace Development

The Center for Workplace Development offers a wide range of courses in technology, organizational management and leadership, and career development.

Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity

The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity (FD&D) serves as Harvard University’s central faculty affairs office. Working closely with colleagues across the University, it oversees and guides institutional policies and practices in all areas of faculty affairs. FD&D holds events throughout the year to advance faculty members' professional development, foster discussion on issues of interest to faculty, and build community.

Standing Committee on Women (FAS)

The Standing Committee on Women (SCW) supports women faculty at the FAS. It helps women advance in their careers, address work-life issues, and build a strong community. The SCW fulfills its mission through events and by working with departments, areas, divisions, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the administration to bring about structural change. For information on SCW events (many of which are by invitation only), please contact Andrea McDonough,

FAS New Faculty Institute

Each August, the NFI provides a two-day orientation for new ladder and senior faculty in the FAS, including overviews of Harvard resources, workshops on teaching and course development, and information on topics ranging from the undergraduate curriculum to mentoring and career development. Additional information on the program is sent to incoming faculty at the start of each summer.

Research Management Series

This three-part workshop series, co-organized by Cristy McGoff, Research Integrity Officer in FAS Research Administration Services, and the FAS Office for Faculty Affairs, offers practical advice on aspects of scientific management for FAS faculty in the sciences, social sciences, and SEAS who are on the tenure-track or were recently promoted to tenure. All sessions take place from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. in Northwest 425; lunch is provided.


Session 1 - Friday, February 16, 2018

“Collaboration, Authorship, and Acknowledgment: Best Practices in Navigating Expectations”

Presenter: John H. Shaw, Harry C. Dudley Professor of Structural and Economic Geology, Harvard College Professor, and Chair, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Professor Shaw will facilitate a discussion on the challenges of managing expectations for credit and acknowledgement when working on domestic and international collaborative research. Topics will include assigning authorship, acknowledging past and current contributions, and reconciling competing expectations. Using case studies, he will discuss situations that commonly arise and explore ways to navigate them effectively.


Session 2 – Friday, March 9, 2018

“Setting Expectations in the Lab: Resources on Communication, Integrity and Conflict Resolution”

Presenters: Elena Kramer, Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard College Professor, and Chair, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; and John Wakeley, Professor, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Professors Kramer and Wakeley will engage participants in a discussion about lab leadership style and student mentoring, including strategies for communicating expectations, evaluating your own leadership style, and resolving conflicts. Discussion will focus on real-world situations shared by Kramer, Wakeley, and participants, and will be driven primarily by questions from the attendees.


Session 3 - April 13, 2018

“Responsible Data Management: Resources for Data Excellence and Reproducibility”,

Presenter: Mercè Crosas, Chief Data Science and Technology Officer at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)

Mercè Crosas will discuss and share resources on strategies in the practice of FAIR Data Management (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Planning the lifecycle of your data so that it can be reviewed, shared and communicated accurately is a requirement in the research process. As Dr. Crosas puts it, “Open science to facilitate access and reuse of research data and analysis, build software to improve scientific outcomes, and establish multidisciplinary collaborations with the aid of technology and a human touch.” This session will provide you with the resources available to you in order to get the best out of your data.


For more information on the Faculty Scientific Management Series in AY 2016-2017, please contact Zoe Fonseca-Kelly, Assistant Dean for Science,, Cristy McGoff,, or Sindhu Revuluri, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs,