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 OneDrive with your NetID to access these resources.

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


UMass Federal Funding for Mid-Career Faculty Resources Page

UMass Awards, Grants & Fellowships