Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development

Finding the Path to Full

Peer-to-peer support group and strategy sessions open to tenured faculty who plan to pursue promotion to full professor in the coming 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 Jean Lee Cole (English)

To get on the mailing list, contact Cindy Moore (Writing/Academic Affairs).

What We Do


  • Monthly Strategy Sessions: Faculty considering or seeking promotion to full professor rank are invited to share fellowship and discuss a key topic or challenge in pursuing promotion. If there is a topic you would like to see addressed in a future strategy session, please contact Jean or MaryUpcoming topics:
  • Panel with recently promoted faculty & BRT members, Fri., Mar. 13, 12:30 - 2 p.m. (College Center 107)
    As part of the Finding the Path to Full series, recently promoted faculty and Board on Rank and Tenure members will join together to describe their experiences, provide tips, and answer questions about applying for full professor - register
  • Organizing the Dossier, Mon., Apr. 20, 12 - 1:30 p.m. (location TBD),  - register
  • 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.

Mentoring Map

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

Reports on Mid-Career Issues

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