FAUW offers a series of workshops to help you through key transitions in your academic career. We encourage you to attend, regardless of where you are on your career track—it’s never too early or too late!
The slides from previous workshops are available to download on this page. We also have information about many of these transitions in our Faculty Guide.
For definite-term faculty
- This is covered briefly in the definite-term contracts session. There is little consistent information across campus about the process for getting continuing status, but many departments roughly follow the tenure process and you are welcome to attend the Applying for tenure workshop. The provost’s office has a Checklist for Continuing Lecturer Appointments (docx file) that departments must follow, and the Faculty of Math has more detailed procedures.
For probationary (tenure-track) faculty
The probationary contract period and applying for tenure can be intimidating. These workshops provide critical information on how to succeed and to ensure you know where and how to get your questions answered. They also clarify the expectations of your peers and of University policy during this process.
- Download the slides from the 2021 'Navigating your first probationary term' workshop (PDF)
- Download the Preparing for Reappointment checklist (PDF)
For tenured/continuing faculty
This workshop helps recently tenured/continuing faculty plan the next stages of your career. It is offered approximately every two years, with the next session tentatively planned for fall 2022.
2017–2020 workshop materials
- Workshop materials are available in this SharePoint folder, along with some background reading. Note: The "Strategic Doing" worksheet was used in the 2017 breakout session for continuing lecturers but is broadly applicable.
- We've created blog posts with eight key lessons our presenters shared during our 2017 workshop, and 12 questions to help you thrive in your mid-career years, based on our 2020 workshop.
Also see articles by Kerry Ann Rockquemore on Inside Higher Ed from August and September 2017, Tim Kenyon's 2020 article in University Affairs, and the Coping with Midcareer Malaise series on The Chronicle—access the site via the library for premium articles.
This workshop will walk you through the promotion process step by step and provide explanations of formal policy as well as practical tips to help you succeed.
- Download the slides from the 2021 'Applying for promotion' workshop (PDF)
- Download the Applying for Promotion checklist (PDF)
- Next session: January 2022
We don't know yet if this will be a regular offering, but we hosted a panel of retirees on March 10, 2020, to talk about their experiences transitioning into retirement.