Faculty at Mid-Career

Associate Professors and Mid-Career Faculty often have to balance a ‘new normal’ of increased teaching and service while maintaining and growing their research profile. OFD is here to help you navigate this time of transition and ward off the mid-career malaise. Workshops are held to assist mid-career faculty with sabbatical planning, the transition to associate, scholarly and research productivity, and leadership skills.

Research on Thriving at Mid-Career:

OFD engages in research targeted at improving the job satisfaction of Mid-Career Faculty. 

Mid-Career Report 2020
Transitions & Promotion: How to Support Mid-Career Faculty

Mid-Career Report 2018
Mid-Career Malaise Prevention and Intervention: Scope of Problem, Intervention and Prevention Ideas, and Responses from College Leadership

Tool: Mentoring Plan for Promotion 
to Support Timely Career Guidance and Mentoring for Associate Professors 

Additional Resources for Mid-Career Faculty:

OFD workshop materials: 
Successfully Navigate the Transition to Associate Professor
Creating Your Associate Professor Faculty Development Plan*
Feb. 25, 2021 - Mid-Career Mentoring Plan for Promotion to Full Workshop

Readings and webinars:

Breaking Through the Associate Professor Glass Ceiling - Ch. 9, by Mari Castaneda and Michael Hames-Garcia; The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education, Stephanie A. Fryberg (Editor), Ernesto Javier Martínez (Editor) 2014, Palgrave Macmillan.

NCFDD Webinar** by Joy Gaston Gayles - "In this webinar, I’ll share some of the common mistakes that mid-career faculty make, as well as some of the strategies I used to to get myself ready to go up for promotion from associate to full professor."

*You must log in to Box with your NetID to access this resources.

**This webinar requires an NCFDD membership. UMass Amherst faculty can activate their membership on the NCFDD website.


The National Science Foundation's Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) is a cross-directorate program that offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor or equivalent rank, with at least three years at that rank, to substantively enhance and advance their research program and career trajectories through partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Deadline Feb. 7, 2022.  Learn more through this MCA FAQ.