Wednesday, December 1, 2021
12:30 pm-4:30 pm Atlantic/San Juan Time
Event will be held virtually
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.
Who should attend
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.
- Discuss and learn useful ideas for exploring career transitions
- Engage in goal setting exercises and outline next steps to achieve career goals
- Walk away with action steps on how to enhance their mentoring network
- Foster a mid-career community of scholars for support moving forward
- Session 1: Panel Discussion: Now You Have Tenure: What’s Next
- A panel of mid-career scholars representing diverse institutional perspectives will offer reflective comments and respond to questions/comments about how to manage post-tenure career (and personal) pursuits
- Session 2: Career Advancement “Quick Takes"
- This session will feature 3, 18 minute “Quick Takes” that feature a strategic action that is useful in organizing at mid-career, regardless of career aspirations/goals. We will run this session like “speed dating” so participants can spend time on each topic. Each topic will be moderated by a mid-career scholar with targeted expertise/experience.
- Session 3: Panel Discussion - Institutional Level Strategies and Supports
- This interactive session will feature scholars and practitioners engages in institutional level efforts aimed at better supporting mid-career faculty.
- Reflections and Plans to Stay Connected
Event ChairVicki L Baker
Please feel free to reach out to the event chair with questions about the content of the event. Questions about registration or event logistics can be directed to the ASHE Office at (702) 895-2737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The workshop fee of $30 for ASHE members and $50 for non-members.
- For current ASHE Member also interested in attending the Academic Leaders Workshop, you may register for both events at a discounted rate of $50.
- While participants can pay the fee, we suggest program directors, coordinators, and/or department chairs sponsor participants through their department. If you need additional documentation for this, please contact ASHE Executive Director Dr. Jason P. Guilbeau at email@example.com.
All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement and to provide a safe space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.