1st Edition

Managing Your Academic Career A Guide to Re-Envision Mid-Career

By Vicki L. Baker Copyright 2022
    198 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The definitive resource for mid-career professionals in the academy, this book provides a step-by-step guide to re-imagining the mid-career stage, regardless of career goals, whether aiming for full professorship or an administrative path, drawing on higher education, organizational studies, and human resource fields.

    Essential guidance for scholars of faculty work, faculty developers, mid-career faculty members, and institutional leaders to build a strong foundation to design a diversified portfolio of mid-career stage programming is assured. The stories, examples, literature, and resources shared throughout this comprehensive work will provide inspiration, and reality checks, to mid-career faculty and the individuals charged with better supporting them. Readers will be able to:

    • Identify their career (or departmental/institutional) goals and next steps
    • Determine the gaps in needed skills, tools, and experiences to support goal achievement as next steps are pursued
    • Manage the process of taking newfound skills, tools, strategies, and resources to arrive at the intended destination.

    Higher education faculty, administrators, and other academic leaders will be empowered to take control of the mid-career stage by using the resources, strategies, and tools offered throughout the book to build, implement, and assess a robust mid-career faculty development program.

    Introduction Part 1: The Individual Faculty Perspective 1. Re-imagining the Next Phase of Your Career 2. Planning, Goal-Setting, and Problem Solving 3. Turning Promotion Guidelines and Strategic Imperatives into an Organizing Framework 4. Executing Your Plans Part 2: Departmental and Institutional Perspectives 5. Becoming an Effective MCF Mentor as Department Chair  6. Advancing Your Career Goals as a Department Chair Through Mentorship 7. Assessing and Investing in Your Faculty Development Portfolio 8. Organizing and Communicating: Getting Mid-Career Faculty Engaged Part 3: Thriving at Mid-Career 9. Moving Forward: A Mid-Career Agenda


    Vicki L. Baker, recognized as a 2020-2021 "Top 100 Visionary" in Education by the Global Forum for Education and Learning, stands at the forefront of innovation and strategy in faculty and leadership development. The author of Charting Your Path to Full: A Guide for Women Associate Professors, the lead author of Developing Faculty in Liberal Arts Colleges, and the lead editor of Success After Tenure: Supporting Mid-Career Faculty, Vicki has written over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and invited opinion pieces on the topics of faculty and leadership development and higher education. She is the E. Maynard Aris Endowed Professor in Economics and Management at Albion College and the Director of the Albion College Community Collaborative (AC3). She earned her PhD (Higher Education) and MS (Management & Organization) from Penn State University, MBA from Clarion University, and BS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  

    "This guide provides clear, easy-to-use strategies and tools for mid-career faculty to reflect, course correct and reengage in their careers. It also provides a framework for administrators and academic leaders to build much needed mid-career faculty development programs at their own institutions."
    Susan M. Drange, PhD, Associate Vice Provost, Office of Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement, Stanford University

    "Managing Your Academic Career is the definitive resource for mid-career faculty and administrators navigating the mid-career stage in pursuit of professional and personal fulfillment. Using a bricoleur approach, the book aptly addresses the individualized goals and aspirations of mid-career faculty and those tasked with supporting them, using case studies and reflective activities to create actionable plans."
    Candace Hastings, PhD, Director, Office of Faculty Development, Texas State University

    "Vicki Baker brings scholarship and consultation expertise to examine midcareer faculty (MCF) - a season of academic life full of potential but without time boundaries and mentoring of pre-tenure. Real issues coupled with research grounding, reflective activities, and practical strategies make this a must read for MCF and academic leaders."
    Marilyn J. Amey, Interim Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development, Mildred B. Erickson Endowed Chair Emerita Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Department of Educational Administration, Michigan State University