Late-career Stage

Late career

The Center for Faculty Development offers a number of programs and events which may be specifically useful for late-career faculty.

Spring 2018

Chairs' Community of Practice

If, as a mid- or late-career faculty member, you become a program director or department chair (and have other faculty reporting to you), then another program that might be useful to you is the Chairs' Community of Practice (CoP).

This informal forum for chairs and directors from across the university is an opportunity to share ideas, expertise, practices and perhaps even challenges. Over a collegial glass of wine, you'll have a rare change to talk to your peer group with the aim of making chairing a more enjoyable experience.

2017–18 Chairs' CoP meetings

All meetings are scheduled for Hunthausen 110, unless otherwise noted.

  • Friday, October 6 | 3:30–5:00 | ADMN 305A
  • Friday, November 3 | 3:30–5:00
  • Friday, January 12 | 3:30–5:00  
  • Friday, March 2 | 3:30–5:00
  • Friday, April 6 | 3:30–5:00
  • Friday, May 4 | 3:30–5:00

Click here to register to attend the Chairs CoP meetings.

To find out more about the Chairs CoP meetings, visit the Chairs CoP web page.


Faculty Learning Community #6: 
The Prudent Professor

Edwin Bridges’ The Prudent Professor is a practical guide for faculty at any age who want to prepare for the financial aspects of retirement, and not just let it happen. The book draws on the author’s own careful research and long personal experience in building—and protecting—his retirement funds. He describes with candor his own successes and mistakes and his short, concise chapters provide both the rationale and methodology to identify one’s own personal goals at each stage of one’s career.

In this four-session Learning Community, facilitated by Jacquelyn Miller (Center for Faculty Development) during spring quarter, we'll work our way through the chapters of the book to determine what might work best for you in your own situation.

What's in it for you? 

Over the four sessions, you'll learn how to:

  • Retirement saving strategies
  • Pre-retirement considerations
  • Assessing different income streams during retirement
  • How to make sure your retirement income lasts as long as you do

Who is it suited to? 

This community is primarily for any faculty member who is interested in retirement planning.

The Prudent Professor is 334 pages long, and reading will be split across the four sessions to be manageable for participants.

What are the dates?

The four dates in Spring Quarter are:

  • Tue, Apr 17 | 12:20-1:30 |  Wismer Room (LOYA 400)
  • Tue, May 1 | 12:20-1:30 |  Wismer Room (LOYA 400)
  • Tue, May 15 | 12:20-1:30 |  Wismer Room (LOYA 400)
  • Tue, May 29 | 12:20-1:30 |  Wismer Room (LOYA 400)

How to register

Register by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9.

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Fulbright Scholar Program: Informational session for faculty and staff
Mon, Apr 23 | 12:20–2:00 | Student Center 210 | Lunch provided
Presenter: Athena Fullay | SU Host: Jacquelyn Miller

This session will be facilitated by Athena Fullay, Outreach and Recruitment Specialist at the Institute of International Education, the organization that oversees the Fulbright Program.

At the session you will:

  • Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries
  • Get advice on selecting countries for application and making contacts abroad
  • Explore how your campus can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars
  • Get tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application

If you are interested in learning more about the Fulbright Scholar Program, contact Jacquelyn Miller (University Liaison to the Fulbright Scholar Program).


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Pinnacle of the profession: Scaling the heights to full professor
Wed, May 2 | 12:30–1:50 | Pigott 304 | Lunch provided
Facilitated by Jacquelyn Miller

For many tenure-track faculty, achieving the rank of full professor signifies that they’ve reached the pinnacle of their profession. The process for reaching that pinnacle, however, often feels rather mysterious and perhaps even too daunting to consider.

Meet a panel of current full professors to discover how they successfully achieved this next stage in their careers. Learn about some of the best practices to follow or possible pitfalls to avoid as you consider your own academic path to the heady heights of full professor.

The session also includes a Q&A in a confidential environment.


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The joy of failure: Turning a misstep into an opportunity for the classroom

Wed, May 16 | 12:30–1:50 | Student Center 130 | Lunch provided
Thu, May 17 | 12:30–1:50 | Casey Commons | Lunch provided
Facilitated by Katherine Raichle

Faculty often seek consultation following an in-class misstep, expressing embarrassment as well as uncertainty about if, and how, to best address it with their students. Sometimes those missteps are content-related or terminological, at other times they are interpersonal issues or are matters of how we facilitated a situation in class. No matter how major or minor they may appear on the outside, these mistakes and missteps can easily challenge our confidence in class.

So how can we turn what we might see as personal “failures” into valuable learning opportunities for ourselves and our students? In this workshop we will address how to:

  • recognize when we have made a mistake in our classrooms.
  • ascertain when such a mistake needs to be addressed with our students.
  • identify different ways to respond to such mistakes.
  • identify constructive responses to mistakes that will foster learning opportunities for us and our students.

Mistakes are human, and we all make them, yet it can feel uncomfortable to take ownership of our missteps with our students.  What if we modeled for them the value in recognizing and learning from “failing,” and demonstrated our own humanity in the process?


Additional resources for late-career faculty

Retirement planning

Click here to see a bibliography of resources pertaining to aging and retirement (compiled by Jacquelyn Miller, 2015).