Support for faculty at mid-career is just as important, if not more so, than early career faculty development. Current literature and trends at benchmark schools demonstrate ways to support faculty success during those years of middle career. Academic leaders in conjunction with the individual faculty member can strive for vitality in organizational as well as personal development by creating a strategic roadmap for faculty careers that includes mentoring opportunities.
Mid-career faculty, post-tenure faculty, and faculty in leadership positions all benefit from mentoring. "University faculty choose to stay in their positions longer than in the past, and thus the time they serve after tenure has increased. This introduces new challenges for their further professional development, presenting yet another arena where we need more intentional and strategic thinking.” (Fountain & Newcomer, 2016).
Faculty Career Development offers professional development opportunities to support faculty that help build a mentoring network. FCD offers a Faculty Mentoring Grant program that provides funds to support activities or projects that will help mentoring groups be successful. We often hold workshops on managing careers and topics related to developing leadership skills, scholarly works, and promotion.
The listed resources whether print, web references or best practice models are for faculty and administrators to assist in effectively building a plan for advancement and promotion while building networks within and outside the organization to successfully fashion a framework for progress in key areas of faculty life.
- Canale, A., Herdklotz, C., & Wild, L. (2013). Mid-Career Faculty Support: The Middle Years of the Academic Profession. Faculty Career Development, Rochester Institute of Technology.
- Fountain, J. & Newcomer, K. (2016). Developing and Sustaining Effective Faculty Mentoring Programs. Journal of Public Affairs Education. Vol. 22, No. 4.
- Fox, R. (February 2014). Mentoring Mid-Career Faculty. The Ohio State University. Access Academics and Research.
- Covers basic challenges of the associate professor, establishing clear professional goals, mentoring research productivity and teaching and service peformance, and advice for leadership/chairs in providing mentoring for mid-career faculty.
- Jaschik, S. (2010). Different paths to full professor. Inside Higher Ed.
- Mathews, K. R. (2014). Perspectives on Midcareer Faculty and Advice for Supporting Them. Cambridge, MA: The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education.
- Misra, J. & Lundquist J. (March 10, 2016. The Sandwiched Midcareer Faculty Mentor. Inside Higher Ed.
- "Mentoring is an issue at all career stages, yet the demands significantly expand for midcareer faculty members."
- Roberson, L. (2011). UNC Charlotte Mentor Program Supports Mid-Career Faculty. Women in Higher Education.
- Rockquemore, K.A. (November 28, 2011). Mid-Career Mentoring. Inside Higher Ed.
- "Post-tenure, faculty members still need help to be strategic about their careers."
- Scanlon, P. (2014). Post-Tenure Mentoring - Connect Grant
- Walsh, B. (April 6, 2015). Battling the Midcareer Slump: How Colleges can Cultivate a Vital and Engaged Faculty Throughout Their Careers. Useable Knowledge. Harvard Graduate School of Education.
- " ... the joy and relief of tenure can fade quickly in the face of increased teaching loads, greater expectations for service and advising, a more competitive market for grants, and the disappearance of mentoring programs that supported them as early-career faculty."
- Wilson, R. (July 29, 2011). The Associate Professor: Academe's Sandwich Generation. The Academic Workplace. The Chronicle 2011 Great Colleges to Work For. Page B44. Available at http://www.hr.virginia.edu/uploads/documents/media/Chronicle_Rankings.pdf
Mid-Career Faculty Mentoring Models
- 2017 C - Change Faculty Mentoring Program for Mid-Career and Senior Faculty, Brandeis University
- "Mentoring and career planning for mid-career faculty and those in leadership roles is often overlooked. To address this need, while avoiding some of the well-documented issues with traditional one-to-one mentoring, our registrants will be deeply immersed in a facilitated peer group mentoring process."
- Lehigh University
- Northeastern University
- Events for associate professors include workshops on the full professor promotion process, on forming post-tenure career plans, on launching new research projects, and on leadership in academic life.
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte - Buch, K. (2006). The Mid-Career Mentoring Program at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
- Slides from their Advance team on their program, including vertical-dyad mentoring groups, informal horizontal group mentoring, formal horizontal group mentoring.