Crafting and Maintaining Your Career Vision: A Workshop for Early-Career Faculty



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Whether you are on a traditional promotion and tenure journey or have other aspirations, you will walk away from this training with a career map you can return to and revise time and time again.


Early career faculty are pulled in numerous, often competing directions during their first years on the job. Consequently, many end up surrendering their long-term goals and aspirations at the expense of short-term demands. Whether volunteering for numerous committees, taking on more student mentees, and/or trying to jumpstart research, it can be easy to lose sight of bigger goals and how they align to a career plan. Establishing a career vision early on, that early career faculty can return to again and again, is crucial in making strategic decisions.

Join us online for an interactive workshop where you will develop an intentional and strategic career plan to help you focus on the big picture and seize opportunities that align with your goals. In this workshop, we will provide you with a wealth of useful examples from different types of academic paths and institutions. Whether you are on a traditional promotion and tenure journey or have other aspirations, you will walk away from this training with a career map you can return to and revise time and time again.


Who Should Attend

  • Post-docs and early career faculty who want to create a vision for their career trajectory
  • Tenure-track faculty who seek a more strategic approach to research, teaching, and service
  • Faculty seeking to craft a career trajectory that diverges from more traditional promotion and tenure paths

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


March 15, 2022

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern


Part 1: Envisioning Your Career

We will begin by discussing the difference between being strategic versus opportunistic in your career and how “FOMO,” or Fear of Missing Out, can negatively impact academic careers. We will also provide tips, strategies, and considerations for before you say “yes.” You will then have the opportunity to begin to envision your career and your overall career trajectory using a guided worksheet.



Part 2: Step-by-Step & Preventing Burnout

Next, with the guidance of our expert, you will begin to identify, either with a group of peers or on your own, how you can break down your vision into a plan encompassing one year, three years, six years, and beyond. Additionally, we will further explore a strategic approach to preventing and reducing burnout.



Part 3: Building Your Network & Asking for Support

We will conclude with addressing the crucial question: “What type of support do you need to help you achieve your vision?” We’ll then begin to work on identifying how you can find that support.


Professional portrait of Kathleen Vinson

Kathleen Vinson

Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy at Suffolk University Law School

Suffolk Law’s legal writing program has been ranked in the Top 10 in the nation since 2013 by US News and World Report. Kathy has served as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research; President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors; a board member of the Legal Writing Institute; and an editor of the Monograph, Second Draft, and the Legal Writing Institute Journal.

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