Congratulations for earning tenure and promotion to associate professor! As a mid-career faculty member, you have proven yourself to be a valuable asset to the University and to the profession. After getting tenure, you might feel that you can finally begin to take charge of your own fate. However, many mid-career faculty often experience one or both of the following stages.
- You have achieved a certain level of professional maturity; therefore, you can easily reach a plateau where your professional goals are less clear.
- In addition to your already full workload, you are expected to take on additional responsibility, be it assuming administrative tasks, heading up initiatives, and doing more service.
Regardless of which stage you are on, staying challenged and enthused at mid-career is important to you and to the University. Read more at Mapping the Terrain of Mid-Career Faculty at a research University: Implications for Faculty and Academic Leaders.
Faculty Development at OU strives to provide professional development opportunities to inspire you to expand your professional horizons. If you want to try new teaching strategies and technological applications, you are encouraged to work with the Center for Teaching Excellence. If you aspire to assume a leadership role, you may want to join the Faculty Leadership Academy. If you want to lead a study abroad program/course, OU has one of the best Study Abroad programs in the nation. If you would like to pursue a new or renewed line of scholarship, the Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment (CRPED) can provide consultations that lead to external funding and peer collaboration. If you want to connect to students, the Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) is a great gateway.
These are only a few snapshots of opportunities on campus. We strive to make strategic connections across campus and beyond the University to enrich your post-tenure career development.