Junior Professors: Juggling Teaching, Research, and Advice

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Silas Crews for The Chronicle

Yuanfang Cai, an assistant professor of computer science at Drexel U., used an award from the university to hold a workshop in her discipline, where she found several research collaborators.

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Silas Crews for The Chronicle

Yuanfang Cai, an assistant professor of computer science at Drexel U., used an award from the university to hold a workshop in her discipline, where she found several research collaborators.

When Rachel Mordecai joined the English department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2008, several senior professors told her they had every interest in helping her succeed.

While Ms. Mordecai says those colleagues have been true to their word, they aren't the only people she turns to for guidance. Fellow junior faculty members who are closer to gaining tenure have been equally powerful mentors for Ms. Mordecai, as have experts in her field, Caribbean literature, at