Faculty Programs & Resources

The programs and resources below are provided by ARROWS or other BU offices to support faculty members’ professional development, research activity, and more.

Professional Development

Faculty Coaching Program

This program is for tenured women STEM faculty looking to gain new tools and resources to intentionally plan their post-promotion research and career trajectories at a time of increasing faculty demands. Whether interested in running a research center, receiving a training grant, leading a large research team, moving into administrative leadership, or more, this program will help faculty develop strategies to navigate any internal and external roadblocks to their career goals.

Lunch with Leaders

This program allows female STEM faculty members to meet with and ask questions of high-ranking University leaders in an informal lunch setting. This allows faculty members to learn about topics like professional development, promotion and tenure, and teaching support from perspectives they might not usually hear. A Lunch with Leaders event is generally held once every semester.

Toolkit for Women Innovators

BU Technology Development is committed to addressing the issue of gender disparity in academic technology transfer and commercialization at universities nationwide. As part of this work to help increase the number of women disclosing inventions at BU and beyond, Technology Development has created a toolkit of resources for women innovators around the topics of education, funding, networking and programs.

HERS (Higher Education Resources Services)

HERS is an external leadership development and research organization that is dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of women leaders in higher education. Through various programs that support women in every stage of their careers, HERS provides program participants with transformational experiences and opportunities that result in stronger institutions of higher education.


Mary Erskine Funding Awards

Mary Erskine Funding Awards provide small funding packages for tenure-track or tenured STEM faculty. These grants are intended to support a variety of research activities or professional development opportunities for the grants’ recipients.

COS Pivot Funding Opportunities Database

Boston University is proud to offer the COS Pivot service to any faculty or staff with an @bu.edu email address. This database is updated on a daily basis and offers a wide variety of federal, non-federal, foundation, and private funding opportunities for any discipline. With the BU subscription, members can save search criteria and receive weekly updates on new and upcoming funding opportunities.

HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in the biomedical and life science disciplines.

Teaching Support

Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) partners with faculty to cultivate teaching that is inclusive, centered on student learning, and guided by research. We offer individualized consultations, workshops, seminars, and institutes designed to promote critical reflection and experimentation in teaching, including the purposeful use of technologies.

STEM Education Resources | Center for Teaching and Learning

Part of BU’s STEM Education Initiative, this continually-growing list is available to connect educators to the wide variety of curricular tools available within and outside Boston University to help advance the practice of teaching in the STEM disciplines.

Family Support

Office of Family Resources

The Office of Family Resources is committed to helping families manage the challenges of work life and family life. The office provides many resources and services to support families of the Boston University community.

Childcare and Preschool Education Programs

Boston University offers three early childhood education program options: The Boston University Children’s Center is a full-time program for children ages two to five years old. The Early Childhood Learning Lab, a preschool for children two years and nine months to five years old, is a part of the Early Childhood Education program at BU. Little Sprouts at BUMC is a full-time program for children ages 4 weeks through 5 years old.

Breastfeeding & Lactation Support

Boston University is committed to meeting the needs of mothers returning to work and ensuring that managers have the information they need to support them. This includes ensuring the availability of lactation rooms, located on both the CRC and MED campuses.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Human Resources website details how and when employees make take leave under the University’s FMLA policies.

Faculty Search/Hiring

Cornell Faculty Search Biases Handouts

The following handouts are from an event hosted by BU ECE where the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble (CITE) discussed factors that arise during a faculty search committee meeting. After watching a CITE scenario that included a scripted scene performance that depicted scenes from a faculty search committee meeting, the event involved facilitated discussion with one of the actors-in-character.

ARROWS Faculty Candidate Meetings

This program brings together female STEM faculty candidates visiting campus with BU faculty for informal conversations. Candidates are able to talk to faculty and hear from other women STEM professionals about their candid thoughts and experiences of working at BU and living in Boston.


Faculty Handbook

The Faculty Handbook is a collection of policies that apply specifically to faculty members, related to their unique role(s) at the University. Unless otherwise stated, these policies apply to all full-time faculty employed by Boston University regardless of Tenure-Track, Tenured, or Non-Tenure-Track status.

Office of the Provost | Faculty Development

This site offers information for faculty on subjects such as compensation, promotion, and recruitment and discusses the role that the University’s Senior Associate Provost plays in faculty development.