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Mid-Career Faculty Initiative

Mid-career faculty play an important part in building programs, departments, and institutes; leading initiatives; and nurturing the next generation. Despite their accomplishments, they often face unique challenges that come with the multiple priorities and competing demands common to this career phase—challenges that can be a barrier to further advancement.

The Mid-Career Faculty Initiative, a program of the Center for Faculty Advancement, provides support to Associate Professors with at least seven years’ tenure who are ready to take the next step in their careers and advance to Full Professor. The MCFI delivers monthly seminars and workshops in a blend of in-person and online sessions, as well as biweekly writing salons in New York City.  View the schedule

Goals of the Initiative

The MCFI helps faculty to leverage their experience in the three pillars of success:

  • Scholarship and research
  • Teaching
  • Service
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Introduction to the MCFI (~4 min)

Specifically, the MCFI aims to:

  • Expand skills related to the three pillars that faculty are assessed on
  • Promote and prioritize writing, scholarship, and publication opportunities
  • Present a strong dossier for review and hear from reviewers who engage in the process
  • Identify areas of improvement and explore strategies to advance in them
  • Offer peer-mentoring and peer-to-peer support with cohort members
  • Provide coaching and leadership training in coordination with our external partner Academic Impressions (upon faculty request)
Mid-Career Faculty Institute

Applications for Fall 2024

Eligible faculty:  Associate Professors with tenure, at rank for seven years

Applications open:
September 16, 2024

Application deadline:
October 11, 2024 @ 11:59pm ET

MCFI orientation:  Date TBD (end of October)

Faculty must attend four of six modules (not including Orientation) for a completion certificate.

Faculty who complete the MCFI program will be eligible to serve as Provost Ambassadors (peer mentors) for future cohorts.

View Curriculum


Supporting faculty in developing their academic careers

Charlton McIlwain

Charlton McIlwain

Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Pathways & Public Interest Technology

Niyati Parekh

Niyati Parekh

Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Initiatives

Lauren Lewallen

Graduate Program Assistant