CAHEP Mid-Career Workshop

*Nominations/applications will open on July 1.

Plagued with growing service expectations, misalignment between workload and reward systems, vague and unclear criteria for advancement to full professorship, increased responsibilities, and varying expectations and demands on their time, many associate professors feel “stuck in the middle” rather than experiencing success or elation from earning tenure (Rockquemore, 2012). This phenomenon is especially poignant for women and other underrepresented faculty members. Although we acknowledge that the criticisms facing the mid-career stage are numerous, we strive to address these challenges by providing a workshop with two goals: 1) offer a counter-narrative of the mid-career stage by looking at the ways in which faculty members and/or institutions can assert themselves to find opportunities to support mid-career faculty within challenging contexts, and 2) provide the needed scaffolding and supports to help mid-career faculty members assume personal agency over this ill-defined stage of the faculty career.
The current political and social climate, while alarming, creates opportunities for higher education, particularly the faculty, staff, and administrators who work there to inform effective, sustainable change. We believe mid-career faculty are particularly poised to assume leadership roles and responsibilities, and to be focal (and vocal) leaders on their respective campuses with the appropriate development and resources.  The mid-career stage highlights priority mentoring opportunities, and the need for new and innovative faculty development supports that contribute to outcomes at the institutional, departmental, and individual levels.
This workshop brings together leading scholars and practitioners engaged in research and practice on professional development programming for mid-career faculty members.

This workshop is intended for mid-career faculty including associate professors and those faculty members who are full professors, but with 15 years plus remaining prior to retirement. The goal is to provide workshop attendees with tools and resources to navigate the mid-career stage including advancement to full and/or administrative pursuits.
To date, ASHE has provided dedicated workshop support for early career colleagues.  This is the first time offering dedicated workshop time, beyond conference sessions, to support mid-career faculty. We note that a workshop dedicated to mid-career faculty is significant because of the unique challenges facing this career stage, as well as the paucity of programming available to mid-career faculty at their institutions and beyond.

Event Chair

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, November 18 - 12:30pm-6:00pm

Registration Fees

  • The workshop fee of $50 for ASHE members and $75 for non-members covers materials and refreshments. While participants can pay the fee, we suggest program directors, coordinators, and/or department chairs sponsor participants through their department. A registration link with instructions for payment will be sent with the acceptance notification.

2019 Schedule

The 2020 schedule will be available in early Fall. However, the 2019 schedule provides insight about what to expect from this workshop.


  • Nominations Open: July 1
    • Note: Nominations should be completed by the Program Director/Chair (preferred) or self-nominated. 
  • Nominations Close: September 15, Noon Pacific
  • Notifications: September 25
  • Registration and Payment Deadline: October 15

Nomination Information
To complete the nomination form, you will need the following:
  • Nominator Name, Organization, Role, Email, Phone Number
  • Nominee Name, Organization, Role, Email, Phone Number
  • Answers to the following question:
    • Nominee's rank: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, ​
    • Please note the number of years since receiving tenure: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, or 16 or more
    • Please write a short paragraph (200 words max.) of why you are interested in the mid-career workshop.
*Nominations/applications will open on July 1.