As a faculty member at Texas A&M University, you are part of a broad community of scholars who seek to excel professionally in the context of their discipline, their classroom, and their home department. The following programs are curated exclusively to support Texas A&M faculty at many stages of career and professional development.
APT to Lead
This faculty learning community is designed for full-time Academic Professional Track (APT) faculty who have received at least one promotion (or hold a leadership title), have completed at least five years of service at Texas A&M University, and who anticipate opportunities to lead within their department, college, and/or university.
Department Head Development Fellows
This program is aligned with the mission of Faculty Affairs to support development of academic leaders especially with respect to engaging faculty and contributing to Texas A&M strategic initiatives.
Department Head Development Series
Department heads convene monthly over lunch (typically first Wednesday of the month) to consider how to effectively lead an academic unit. Past topics have included evaluating faculty, engaging in philanthropy, strategic planning, and intentional faculty mentoring.
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Faculty Conversation Cafe
An informal monthly gathering, these events create space for open dialogue among faculty with campus leaders. Mark your calendars for the First Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m., and come join Faculty Affairs for a casual cup of coffee and fruitful colleague discussions.
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Faculty Mentoring Academy
To promote a culture of mentoring within and across Texas A&M University, faculty can enhance their mentoring capacity using seven evidence-based mentoring competencies developed by CIMER. Designed to maximize faculty interaction and dialogue, these workshops hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence provide a safe environment to share and discuss experiences
Faculty Affairs host two retirement information sessions each fall and spring semester.
Generate Professional Success
Designed to support successful promotion through the Academic Professional Track (APT), this annual workshop invites and equips APT faculty to think intentionally about goals related to building a successful promotion dossier. APT faculty considering any promotion within five years will benefit from this late-spring workshop.
Got Tenure? Now What?
Recently tenured faculty considering promotion to full professor come together in this annually-offered, late-spring event. Participating faculty walk away with a stronger understanding of how their personal goals align with the road to full professor, and they are equipped to strategically channel their efforts to support those goals.
Leading a Mentoring Culture
Leading a Mentoring Culture has been developed to support department leaders who wish to both cultivate faculty mentoring competencies and create or refine a departmental mentoring plan in collaboration with faculty. Participants must commit to monthly two-hour sessions from December 2021 to June 2022.
Mid-Career Faculty Learning Community
Created to inspire clarity and purposeful focus, the tenured faculty in this three-month cohort build self-awareness through community, establish a personal vision through reflection, and articulate meaningful goals to drive their next phase of academic professional success.
New Academic Leader Orientation
Recently appointed or re-appointed academic leaders (e.g., department heads, deans, or associates) come together each August to gain fresh perspective on the faculty experience at Texas A&M and to form a shared understanding of the university's current direction.
New Faculty Orientation
Faculty who have joined Texas A&M in the last year are invited each August to connect with one another as colleagues, hear from university leadership about strategic direction and priorities, and interact with campus resources vital to sustained success as a faculty member.
Promotion & Tenure Workshops
Faculty members interested in the next stage of professional promotion are invited to these spring semester workshops to gather with others at the same career stage and responsibility level, both to gain insight from Faculty Affairs leadership team and to ask questions key to their current professional development.
Roadmap for a Successful Tenure-Track Academic Career Workshop
In this late-spring workshop, tenure-track faculty are inspired toward early career success and equipped with the tools to approach career progression strategically in the academic context.
Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity (STRIDE) workshops support department heads, search committee chairs, and search committee members in their efforts to promote fair and inclusive faculty recruiting activities.
STRIPE stands for "Strategies and Tactics for Retention through Inclusive Promotion Evaluation." STRIPE Workshops are designed to assist faculty members serving on promotion and tenure committees with the process of reviewing candidates for promotion in a fair and equitable manner.