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Early Career Faculty Institute

A multilevel mentoring program for early career tenure-track and contract faculty

The Early Career Faculty Institute (ECFI) is aimed at mentoring newly appointed NYU faculty. The ECFI’s first cohort focused on tenure-track faculty, and the program has now expanded to include clinical and contract faculty. The opt-in ECFI program comprises eight modules, span­ning 18 months, that foster the pro­duc­tiv­ity, success, and retention of NYU’s early career faculty.

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2022‑24 Cohort
2023–25 COHORT

Applications for the Fall 2024 program will open September 16; the deadline is October 11 @ 11:59pm ET. ECFI orientation will be held on a date to be determined at the end of October.

All full-time tenure-track and contract faculty are eligible for the ECFI program.

The 18-month program includes eight seminar-style modules, reflective assignments, and group discussions. Participants are expected to attend the modules in person and complete the activities to receive a completion certificate.

Faculty who have successfully completed the ECFI program will be eligible to serve as Provost Ambassadors (peer mentors) for future cohorts.

Congratulations to the graduating ECFI Cohort 2021–23!

Meet the Provost’s ECFI Ambassadors for 2022–24, selected from the graduating cohort of 2021–23.


To promote the advancement and success of early career faculty

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Introduction to the the ECFI (~4 min)

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Introduction to the ECFI modules (~5 min)


Support from multiple levels of university personnel

We foster a culture of mentoring and support that is shared by senior university administrators, the heads of all schools and departments, and NYU faculty.

ECFI's multilevel approach: University, Schools, Departments


A unique mentoring program modeled on evidence-based best practices

Informed by foremost mentoring programs from top U.S. universities, the ECFI will:

Networking opportunities

Create networking opportunities with university leadership, schools, and faculty

Skills and pathways

Expand faculty skills and explore pathways toward tenure, pro­mo­tion, and beyond

Technical and career mentor

Support faculty with both a technical and a career mentor


Supporting faculty in developing their academic careers

Charlton McIlwain

Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Pathways & Public Interest Technology

Niyati Parekh

Niyati Parekh

Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Initiatives

Lauren Lewallen

Graduate Program Assistant