The Junior Faculty Forums are held monthly specifically for junior faculty to focus on the critical areas important to their teaching, research, writing, scholarship, and promotion and tenure goals. If you have a suggested topic for future Junior Faculty Forums please contact Ms. Jacqueline Young, Program Manager, at We are always looking for ways to serve our junior faculty.

Junior Faculty Foum Topics, 2020-2021

"Zoom Fatigue: Recognizing It and What to Do," Thursday, March 18, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Are you dreading the return to the Zoom room even after a restful spring break? Then you may want join us for a conversation on Zoom fatigue. Is Zoom fatigue really a “thing”? How do you know you if you are suffering from it? How can it affect you? What can you do to shake it off and energize yourself (and your students) for the remainder of the semester? Ms. Shakira Jarvis of University Counseling Services at Howard University will talk to junior faculty about Zoom fatigue and will address these and other questions and concerns. 

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"What's Really Happening in the Virtual Classroom: Teaching and Learning Online," Friday, February 19, 2021,11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. What's really happening in the virtual classroom? Are students learning and mastering the material? What are some best practices for teaching and learning online? What strategies and unique ideas have you used in the Zoom classroom? Two professors share their strategies, ideas, observations and sucess stories. Presenters: Jennifer Thomas, Associate Professor, Department of Media, Journalism and Film, Cathy Hughes School of Communications and Rajni Goel, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean, School of Business.  


Jennifer Thomas and Rajni Goel, Ph.D.

(No Junior Faculty Forum was held in January 2021)

"Promoting Yourself and Your Work," Friday, December 11, 2020, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Get tips on promoting yourself within your professional circle and beyond. Our esteemed speakers have agreed to share their expertise on everything from marketing, promoting and branding to becoming a go-to-source for tv, print news, and social media. Presenters: Keneshia Grant, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences and Mr. Frank Tramble, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Howard University.


Keneshia Grant, Ph.D. and Frank Tramble


"Create the Environment: Enhance the Learning," Thursday, November 12, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m. This session will discuss ways to create an instructional environment that is conducive for and fosters learning. This session will also discuss course design and delivery approaches that promote holistic student learning that extends well beyond the course. The goal of this session to promote intentionality and alignment between the course experience and its outcome. Presenter: Morris Thomas, Ph.D., Director of CETLA, Howard University.

Morris Thomas, Ph.D.


"Yes, You Belong Here: Understanding Imposter Syndrome, the Tenure Track Process, and Strategies for Self-Care," Thursday, October 8, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Do you doubt your accomplishments or feel like a fraud?  Are there times you think to yourself that you do not belong in the Academy?  Many newly appointed assistant professors may experience anxiety surrounding their readiness and abilities to successfully navigate the tenure track process. Self-doubt and fear of being discovered as a “fraud” is known as Imposter Syndrome.  It affects many and is often characterized by a feeling that one will be “found out” or that one “does not belong” in their respective field. This presentation will describe signs of imposter syndrome, how it affects productivity, and strategies of self-care to overcome it. Presenter: Dr. GiShawn Mance, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Howard University


GiShawn Mance, Ph.D.


"What I Wish I Had Known When I Was a Junior Faculty Member," Thursday, September 10, 2020

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Featured Faculty (l to r): Judi Moore Latta, Ph.D., Dexter Lee, Ph.D., and Bahiyyah Muhammad, Ph.D


Junior Faculty Forum Topics, 2019-2020

"Service: A Discussion with Okianer Christian Dark and Moses Garuba" • February 6, 2020


Featured Faculty: Associate Provost Okianer Christian Dark and Dr. Moses Garuba, College of Engineering and Architecture  


"University Communications Media Training: Leveraging Your Expertise with Media" • November 7, 2019 

Guest Presenter: Ms. Alonda Thomas, Director of Public Relations, Office of University Communications


"Newly Tenured Faculty Share Tips and Advice on Getting Tenure" • October 17, 2019 


Featured Faculty: Dr. Josephine Dawuni, Dr. Brandon Hogan, Dr. Celeste Malone

"What I Wish I Had Known When I Was a Junior Faculty Member" • September 12, 2019 


Featured Faculty: Dr. Jules Harrell, Dr. Nikki Taylor, Dr. Judi Moore Latta  


Junior Faculty Forum Topics, 2018-2019

"The Middle States Institutional Accreditation Self Study" - May 2, 2019

"The Post-Tenure Milieu" -- April 4, 2019

“So What Are You Working On?: Junior Faculty Share Their Work-in-Progress or Recently Completed Work" -- March 7, 2019

"Sleep and Stress" -- February 4, 2019

No Forum in January 2019

"How to Say No and Preserve Your Professional Relationships and Career" -- December 6, 2018 

"Research at Howard" -- November 1, 2018

“Staying on Track: Preparing for Promotion and Tenure” -- October 4, 2018

"Dr. Melanie Carter, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs" -- September 13, 2018

Special Recognition for Attending a Junior Faculty Forum: Each junior faculty member who attends a Junior Faculty Forum receives a Certificate of Participation for their attendance. The certificates can be included as part of the junior faculty members' portfolio for tenure or promotion. Each certificate is signed by the Associate Provost for Faculty Development.