Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

Finding the Path to Full

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Peer-to-peer support group and strategy sessions open to tenured faculty who plan to pursue promotion to full professor in the next few years. Includes two successful senior faculty co-mentors who understand various Associate Professor challenges and productive solutions to them.

Senior faculty mentors: Mary Lowe (Physics) and Matt Mulcahy (History)

To get on the mailing list, contact Brian Norman (English/Academic Affairs).

Kick-off interest session and planning meeting

Monday, October 6, 12:30-1:30. College Center Room M113. Bring your lunch, if you like!

  • Information sharing — Loyola and national landscape, best practices
  • Idea exchange — Conversation about key challenges and possible solutions
  • What next? — Planning for next steps for the group


What Next?

  • Pairings: Matt is creating pairings for periodic check-ins between pairs. These are accountability partnerships and you can share goals and report on your progress however frequently (e.g., weekly, bi-weekly) and in whatever manner (e.g., over email, coffee) suits you. Contact Matt if you'd like a pairing!
  • Findings: Brian is presenting on the Associate-to-Full pipeline, including your feedback from the kick-off session, to Deans on 11/17/14 and to all Chairs on 12/11/14.
  • Alliances: Mary is considering the most useful version of a spring alliance meeting for all, using your feedback from the kick-off session and successful models elsewhere.
  • Grants: Academic Affairs established a new mid-career summer grant to support the specific needs of Associate professors. Same application as the Summer Research Grant, due Jan 16, 2015.
  • Writing: Some individuals are participating in the faculty writing retreats. Next dates: Dec 11 & Jan 8-9.
  • Mentoring: Some individuals are meeting one-on-one with Matt or Mary.
  • Other suggestions? Contact Brian, Matt, or Mary!


"Visualizing Your Promotion Portfolio with Cmap," Janine Utell, Chronicle,  3 Sept 2014

An interesting discussion of a visual mapping tool to help outline a path to promotion, with a link to the tool itself.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Lots of resources and workshops, such as jump starting your research, post-tenure slumps, and more. The founder, Kerry Ann Rockquemore, gave a well-received workshop at Loyola in 2012.


This year, Academic Affairs is augmenting the Summer Research Grant program with additional grants to support the specific needs of midcareer faculty. After earning tenure, faculty at Loyola and elsewhere often experience increased expectations and challenges to work-life balance precisely at a time in their careers when they are ready to begin a new major research project or expand the scope of their research. These earmarked grants are designed to support the crucial preparatory work for faculty at the Associate rank to reenergize their scholarly agenda or to enter a new field of inquiry beyond one’s initial area of specialization. This opportunity is part of the Finding the Path initiative to bring institutional support and attention to the challenges often faced at mid-career. There is no separate application. To be considered for this additional opportunity, simply mark the “mid-career grant” box on the Summer Research Grant form.

More information and application for the summer research grant program on the ORSP website.


"Removing the Barriers to Full Professor," Kimberly Buch et al., Change, Nov/Dec 2011

"Pathways to Full Professor," chapter 11 excerpt in Darla Twale, A Faculty Guide for Succeeding in Academe, 2011

"Why Are Associate Professors So Unhappy?" Robin Wilson, Chronicle, 2 June 2012



Perspectives on Mid-career Faculty and Advice for Supporting Them

Kiernan R. Matthews, Ed.D., July 2014

COACHE: The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (Harvard University)


Standing Still: The Associate Professor Survey (key findings)

Modern Language Association, 2009