The hierarchical system of academia encourages faculty to aim for the next rank, the more prestigious title, or the higher-tier journal. We tend to admire our senior colleagues who have seemingly collected all the awards and assume that they operate on auto-pilot. They are like the Monopoly players who snatch up Boardwalk and Park Place, build hotels, and just wait for the rent to come flowing in.
But even high-flying faculty require development training. Kerry Karukstis, professor of chemistry and chair of the faculty at Harvey Mudd, writes about three ways universities can help those at the peak of their careers climb even higher.
She mentions time for renewal and training, leadership skills, and networking opportunities. Not surprisingly, these are some of the same needs that early career faculty require. Her essay, though, points to the benefits of tailoring development programs to the career stage of the faculty member.