Career Development

Faculty members around conference table

Drexel Engineering provides opportunities for faculty to enhance their careers through interactive group workshops and one-on-one sessions on relevant topics. These include the Drexel Engineering Faculty Development Series, a Writer’s Workshop, and career path resources for faculty at every stage.

  • The Drexel Engineering Faculty Development Series is a group of workshops throughout the year to teach faculty about new and existing resources within the college and University and provide a forum in which to try out new ideas. Sample workshops include:
  • The Writer’s Workshop gives faculty members the opportunity to submit their grant proposals for review for editing and style and to get one-on-one feedback on their work.
    • Faculty should submit their proposals for review as Word documents to Chad Morris at cam83@drexel.edu by the first Monday of the month. The editorial review committee will meet with faculty on the second Wednesday of the month to review proposal edits.
  • The Longsview Fellows Program will reward a maximum of four research-active tenure-track or tenured faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to the pillars identified in the Drexel Engineering Strategic Plan. As of 2020, those pillars are:
    • Renewable energy and power
    • Health, wellness, and medicine
    • Smart cities: physical cyber infrastructure
    • Resource stewardship and sustainability
    In accordance with the college’s strategic plan, this program is focused on fostering interdisciplinary collaboration at the intersections of Drexel researchers’ existing expertise. Funds will be used to promote research projects that will lead to high quality scholarship (i.e., publications), technology commercialization, submissions for extramural support, and ultimately awards from the NIH, DOD, NSF, and other governmental agencies and foundations.
    The maximum budget allowed for direct costs is $12,500. The funding period for awarded grants is 6/1 to 5/31 annually.

    Principal Investigators for the Longsview Fellows Program must hold a full-time, primary faculty appointment (assistant professor or above) in Drexel Engineering. Faculty members may submit only one Longsview Fellows Program proposal as PI. Each proposal must have at least one co-investigator. Collaborations across Drexel’s schools or colleges are strongly encouraged.
    Completed applications are due to the Associate Dean, Research and Faculty Affairs annually on February 15.

    Applicants are required to submit the following documents:
    • Two-page write up highlighting the proposed new, collaborative research direction
    • Detailed budget and budget justification (PIs are encouraged to budget for the use of a graphic designer for future proposal submissions)
    • NSF-style biosketch of PI and collaborator(s)
  • The Dean’s Fellowship Program is for tenured faculty interested in working on relevant topics in partnership with the Associate Deans in critical areas, including undergraduate education, graduate studies, student recruitment, research, faculty affairs, and diversity and inclusion. Dean’s Fellows report to the Associate Dean relevant to their project, as well as to the Dean, and are invited to participate in relevant college leadership activities.  The fellowship is for one academic year, beginning on September 1 annually, and Fellows receive a salary supplement.  Faculty can self-nominate by sending the following to the Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs (cls52@drexel.edu) by April 30:
    • CV
    • Personal statement describing why the fellowship opportunity is of interest and which area resonates (Undergrad, Grad, Recruitment, Research, Faculty Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion) – two page maximum
    • Brief support letter from relevant Department Head (emailed separately)
  • Career Path Resources