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 Photo of faculty discussionin 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.

Resources

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.

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.