1st Edition

Facilitating Mid-Career Faculty Programs A Guide for Supporting Purposeful Career Development

By Diane E. Boyd, Nancy L. Chick Copyright 2025
    208 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This resource-rich guidebook supports faculty developers through the process of planning, facilitating, and assessing programs for mid-career faculty.

    Framing chapters draw from existing scholarship, national surveys, and the authors’ pilot program to prepare faculty developers to launch their own initiatives. The heart of the book details program modules, including their focus (e.g., identifying values, envisioning a meaningful career, claiming agency, advocating for oneself, planning to thrive), instructions for preparing and facilitating a workshop and a faculty learning community, and facilitator reflection questions. Resisting the message that faculty developers should do more, this book eases their workload by providing evidence-based resources that allow for flexibility and creativity.

    This guidance, supplemented by ready-to-use online materials, equips facilitators to lead their mid-career faculty participants through critical self-reflection, meaningful conversations, and practical activities to plan for their own version of thriving.

    Section 1: MAPP Program Context and Preparation

    Introduction: Finding Our MAPP

    1.    Facilitating MAPP: Facilitation Philosophy, Model, and Design

    2.    Invitations and Destinations

    Katherine A. Troyer

    Section 2: Program Modules

    3.    Finding True North 

    4.    Envisioning the Path

    Katherine A. Troyer

    5.    Navigating the Path 

    Linda M. Boland

    6.    Advocating for the Path 

    Eriberto Lozada

    7.    Thriving Beyond the Path 

    Section 3: Seeing Again for the First Time

    8.    Adapting Your MAPP

    9.    Re-MAPPing the Professoriate

    Katherine A. Troyer

    Biography

    Diane E. Boyd is the Executive Director and Associate Dean of Faculty Development at Furman University, USA.

    Nancy L. Chick is Director of Faculty Development at Rollins College, USA.

    “Institutions and campus administrators need to provide robust resources and support to faculty developers as critical campus partners -- their importance, and our reliance on their expertise, will only grow in the coming years. Facilitating Mid-Career Faculty Programs answers this call and does so in the most informative, accessible way.”

    Vicki L. BakerE. Maynard Aris Endowed Professor in Economics and Management at Albion College, USA

     

    “This book provides a much-needed road “MAPP” for faculty, faculty developers, and institutions interested in creating meaningful supports to help mid-career faculty thrive. The book offers a robust intervention for addressing mid-career challenges -- a thoughtfully designed, evidence-based program that can be implemented as-is or adapted to different institutional contexts. The sample activities and resources help facilitators create time, space, and community for important self-reflection and conversations.”

    Deandra LittleAssociate Provost of Faculty Affairs and Professor of English, Elon University, USA

     

    “Facilitating Mid-Career Faculty Programs is an essential exploration into the often-overlooked stage of a faculty member’s career. This book delves into the unique challenges of mid-career faculty, those who have navigated tenure and promotion but are still years away from retirement. It sheds light on the ‘mid-career malaise’ that pervades across disciplines and demographics, highlighting the need for more institutional support and resources for this critical group. A must-read for anyone invested in the future of academia.”

    Melanie HamiltonDirector, Jane and Ron Graham Centre for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

     

    “Participating in the MAPP pilot provided both a jolt of energy and a breath of fresh air at a needed point in my career. The program enabled time for valuable reflection. In particular, I have revisited the professional development plan first completed in MAPP as an annual check-in with myself. This practice has helped me refine my decision-making about new projects and develop boundaries around my time and talents.”

    Rose StremlauCharles A. Dana Associate Professor of History, Davidson College, USA