What We Do
- Monthly fellowship gatherings: Faculty considering or seeking promotion to full professor rank are invited to share fellowship and discuss topics proposed by the group and announced in advance. Upcoming topics:
- Fri., Nov. 1, 1-2:30 p.m., (KH 105) Creating an Online Academic Networking Profile
- Fri., Dec. 6, 1-2:30 p.m. (KH 105) Building a Reputation through Academic Networking
- Fri., Mar. 13, 12:30 - 2 p.m. (location TBD), Panel with recently promoted faculty & BRT members
- Strategy sessions: Once or twice per year, a panel organized around a key topic or challenge in pursuing promotion will share ideas, strategies, and resources.
- Writing retreats: Faculty are encouraged to participate in faculty writing retreats offered during mid-semester, winter, and summer breaks to keep the research flowing. Community makes the writing go better.
- One-on-one-mentoring: Contact Jean or Mary to get feedback about the path you’re finding to full professor—or how to get on it.
Resources for Mid-Career Advancement
"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. At least one colleague used a discretionary Dean's grant to pay for an individual subscription in summer 2015.
Mid-Career Summer Grants
Mid-Career Summer Grant applications are designed to assist faculty whose research progress may have been affected due to service and/or administrative work. These earmarked grants are designed to support the crucial preparatory work for faculty at the Associate rank to re-energize their scholarly agenda or to enter a new field of inquiry beyond one’s initial area of specialization.
A great interactive resource from the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity to help you identify the resources available to you supporting your path to full.
Helpful Articles on Mid-Career Matters
"Diversity and the Ivory Ceiling," Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist, InsiderHigherEd, 26 June, 2015
"Midcareer Melancholy," Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist, InsideHigherEd, 29 May, 2015
Recommended by senior mentor Mary Lowe in Physics, this short article provides a good look at the pressures associate professors face and some possible remedies, both individual and institutional.
"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
Zero In-Box, Kerry Anne Rockquemore, InsideHigherEd, 25 Feb 2015, on how academics can wrest control over their time.
Against Productivity, Quinn Norton, The Message, 12 Nov 2014. Jean Lee Cole recommends this interesting piece to counterbalance messages about productivity if it steals your passion.
How to Enjoy a Sabbatical, Sybil L. Holloway, InsideHigherEd, 15 Feb 2015. A decent article on the art of successful sabbatical planning. I think some tips apply to summer as well. Perhaps a conversation starter among us?
"Midcareer Professors Need Love, Too," Colleen Flaherty, InsideHigherEd, 26 January, 2017
Recommended by Leslie Zarker Morgan, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures