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