Mid-career Faculty


CATL provides support for faculty across the career span. In 2016, we started a program targeted to post-review faculty, which encourages strategic and meaningful career planning and growth at mid-career.

In the program, a small faculty cohort focuses on intentional planning through goal-setting, targeted professional development, and mutual mentoring. Participants conduct an inventory of professional goals, identify a specific area of focus related to those goals (which might include teaching, scholarship, service, or the balance and integration of those) and develop a plan for achieving those goals.

*The program will be on hiatus in 2018, and will return in spring 2019. We are happy to meet with you to discuss related questions or topics in the interim.


Selection process

Who is eligible: Full-time faculty who are post-review (tenure, promotion, or continuation) and have worked at Elon at least 8 years. The program is best suited for people planning for the next decade of their faculty careers. Preference will go to those who attended a CATL mid-career workshop or a workshop focused on intentional professional development. Other selection criteria include the expression of interest and goals, common career stages or areas of focus among applicants, and/or diversity within the cohort (fields, gender, etc.).

Deadline: Self-nominations and applications are due electronically by late February and decisions are made by mid-March. The program is on hiatus in 2018, but will return in 2019.

Program Components 

  1. All-day retreat in May, at the end of the spring semester. During the retreat, program participants:
    1. Reflect and reconnect to an individual sense of purpose, interests, passions, and skills;
    2. Identify challenges or obstacles to meeting one’s professional goals;
    3. Set individual goals for summer and fall, and set a summer schedule.
  2. Over the summer, participants work individually and during group meetings to:
    1. Assess the information, steps, and resources needed to meet professional goals;
    2. Meet with Elon colleagues to discover available information and resources;
    3. Plan steps toward meeting goals and set deadlines to accomplish those as a group;
    4. Identify a mentor network for mid-career.
  3. During the Fall, Mutual Mentoring Group(s) meet monthly to sustain progress toward professional goals.

Benefits for Participants

  • Getting energized by reflecting upon and reconnecting to academic passions
  • Building community with others who understand one’s goals and serve as a mutual mentoring (and accountability) group
  • Connecting with an individual mentoring network for mid-career
  • Creating a professional development plan and identifying resources to implement it
  • Faculty who complete the program receive a $1000 stipend.

Please direct questions to Deandra Little.