A workshop for mid-career faculty, by mid-career faculty!
Mid-career Associate Professors should be hitting a stride. However, without the pressure of an up-or-out tenure decision it can be challenging for mid-career Associate Professors to “find a fit” as one moves forward in their career. As one article in the Chronicle of Higher Education states, as the traditional roles of the Associate Professor are changing, “the burden is placed on us as individuals to create our own narratives, our own scripts” and to define how we move forward (McLemee, 2002). With few guidelines available for associate professors, it can be difficult to “find one’s fit”.
Once you have found your fit it can challenging to get the message out to others, yet, creating your personal brand is essential to sustained engagement with your professional community, research community, institution, local business community, or wherever your personal interests and goals are targeted. “Finding your brand” is creating a tailored message to your professional community to bring recognition of who you are and what you want to be known for. Having a brand allows you to market yourself in a way that enables you to achieve your individual goals.
This workshop is appropriate for any faculty member that has received tenure and/or promotion to Associate Professor. Individuals at all stages of associate professor may find this workshop useful, from newly tenured faculty members to those that have settled into their role as an associate professor. Those that have attended other mid-career workshops are welcome to come, participate, share, and learn from other associate professors.