Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL)

ITL Webinars

April 23, 2012, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mid-Career Faculty: Needs, Challenges, and Opportunities

By Deborah DeZure, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost for Faculty and Organizational Development
Michigan State University

Mid-career faculty form a large and important component of the academic workforce (associate professors comprised 28 % of CSU “permanent” faculty in 2010). Mid-career faculty are also challenged in specific ways as mid-life and mid-career are transition periods that pose distinctive challenges.

  • Often a time of reflection and reassessment
  • Newly tenured faculty often are not aware of the expectations for promotion have shifted, or the challenges they will face in mid-career.
  • Academic life has a very short career ladder
  • Mid-career faculty often reach a plateau when opportunities for growth and advancement decline
  • Continuous learning helps to prevent professional obsolescence
  • Extrinsic motivators (tenure, promotion) decrease at mid-career

Results from Dr. Dezure’s study and initiatives designed to address issues identified for mid-career faculty will be presented and discussed.

ITL invites campus teams to view the webinar. Suggested groups from which to recruit team members include: Faculty Development Leadership; Administrators involved in the RTP process (Provosts, Academic Vice presidents, Deans); Academic Governance (Senate Chairs or designees); the campus office of research; newly promoted full professors and; the campus California Faculty Association.

Participating in this webinar is a prerequisite to enter a mini-grant competition to support initiatives that address the needs of mid-career and newly tenured faculty. The Request for Proposals will follow this announcement.

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Last Updated: March 06, 2012