Faculty Link Forums

The Faculty Link forums are facilitated by Faculty Core Advisors to discuss a variety of topics related to both scholarship and campus/department/unit climate. They provide opportunities for meaningful discussion and career support, and foster connections and community.

Please note: The forums are currently limited to senate faculty members, adjunct faculty, clinical faculty, and cooperative extension specialists.

To attend, please register online using the links below.


Information on Fall 2021 forums coming soon! 

Spring 2021

All forums will be held via Zoom from 11:00am - 12:00pm followed by 30 minutes of optional conversation and networking from 12:00 - 12:30pm. Please register in advance. Participants will be sent the Zoom link after registering.

February 5, 2021

Finding balance? The gift and the curse of a flexible faculty life

Being a successful faculty member, while also enjoying a satisfying personal and community life, can feel like an aspiration more than a reality much of the time. In this session, we will come together to discuss strategies for finding more equilibrium in our lives. An art more than a science, we will share our particular successes as well as our adaptation and coping strategies. Recognizing that everyone’s life and challenges are different, we will aim to provide a space where we can brainstorm together, building community along the way. Join us! 

Core Advisors facilitating discussion:

Jill Duerr Berrick, Social Welfare

Serena Chen, Psychology

Hilary Hoynes, Public Policy; Economics

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Psychology

March 5, 2021

Pivoting or pirouetting: Starting a new research project or changing your research course at any point in your career

Starting a research project in a new area can be exciting, but also daunting. If you find yourself wanting to move in an entirely new direction, particularly if the area falls outside of the traditional canon of your department, it can also feel like a risky career proposition. This forum will focus on how to successfully transition to new areas, while maintaining your standing in your field. Faculty Core Advisors will share their challenges and triumphs with examples from their own research career.

Core Advisors facilitating discussion:

Rebecca Heald, Molecular & Cell Biology

Joel Moore, Physics

Noah Whiteman, Integrative Biology

Janet Broughton, Philosophy (guest facilitator)

April 2, 2021

How Does This Campus Actually Work? Demystifying how and where things get done so you can be most successful

UC Berkeley can be a confusing institution, whether this is your first or fifteenth year here. This forum will focus on demystifying how things work, including: shared governance, campus organizational structures, academic versus administrative roles and titles, funding, how Berkeley interacts organizationally with UCOP and with other campuses, how departments fit into broader college goals and functions, and understanding various campus academic administrative career pathways.

Core Advisors facilitating discussion:

Sanjay Kumar, Bioengineering; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Lisa García Bedolla, Education

Oliver O’Reilly , Mechanical Engineering (guest facilitator)