Supporting Mid-Career Faculty Webcast Recording



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Mid-career faculty members (tenured-system faculty members) form a large and important component of the academic workforce who experience unique challenges. Academic life has a short career ladder, and many tenured faculty members reach a plateau where opportunities for advancement decline. Further, there has been relatively little research on tenured faculty and on best practices to support tenured faculty members through this extended career stage.

Join our expert instructors online to identify the needs, interests, and challenges of tenured faculty members as well as productive practices and recommendations to address them. Featuring the award-winning work done at Michigan State University, this webcast can serve as a starting point for an important conversation within your faculty leadership team.

Who Should Attend

Administrators involved in the Review, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) process (provosts, academic vice presidents, deans, and department chairs/heads); members of college and department advisory and/or personnel committees; and newly tenured tenured faculty members, and faculty developers would benefit from this webcast.


As part of your registration, you will receive the following articles authored by our instructors:

  • “Mapping the Terrain” — article published in Change and co-authored by the instructors
  • “Promising Practices for Supporting Mid-Career Faculty: Recommendations” identified by the webcast instructors

Learning Outcome

After participating in this webcast, you will be able to develop productive strategies to support mid-career faculty members.


  • Setting the stage: the national picture and the context and need
  • Needs, interests, and challenges of mid-career faculty members
  • Promising practices and recommendations to support mid-career faculty members at several levels
    • Institutional efforts
    • College advisory committees/personnel committees
    • Department chairs and heads
    • Mid-career faculty members (both newly tenured and later mid-career)
  • Takeaways



Deborah DeZure, Ph.D., Assistant Provost for Faculty and Organizational Development (F&OD), Michigan State University

As assistant provost, Deborah oversees orientations for faculty and academic leaders, faculty and instructional development, organizational and leadership development, dissemination of scholarship on teaching, learning and leadership, and community building. In addition, under her stewardship, F&OD developed the Online Instructional Resources website, #1 on Google since 2007.

Before joining MSU in 2003, Deborah served as coordinator of faculty programs at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan. Prior to U-M, she was director of the Faculty Center for Instructional Excellence at Eastern Michigan University for a decade where she also served as honors faculty, assistant director of the University Honors Program and education consultant and executive writer for the president. Deborah has edited two books, entitled Learning from Change: Landmarks on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from Change Magazine 1969-1999 (AAHE/Stylus, 2000) and To Improve the Academy (POD Network, 1997). From 2002-2009, she was contributing editor of Change magazine. She currently serves on the editorial board of Change, and four journals on college teaching and learning.

Allyn Shaw, Ph.D., Associate Director, Faculty and Organizational Development (F&OD) and Director of Organizational and Leadership Development Programs, Michigan State University

Allyn coordinates the leadership and organizational development programs including the LEAD (LEadership and ADministrator) Seminars, workshops for faculty on leadership and academic life, Faculty Emeriti Association, Executive Leadership Academy Seminars, Leadership Learning Communities, and the CIC-ALP Fellows. 

Allyn has worked in several units at MSU, including the Office of Admissions; the testing center; the Eli Broad College of Business; the Office of Residence Life; and has taught a student leadership course. He has also worked at the University of Richmond and University of Tennessee. In 2013, Allyn was awarded the Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award.


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