Kiernan Mathews

Where the Faculty Affairs Things Are (Now): Conferences and Convenings Updated

by Kiernan Mathews


Several years ago, I observed here that the assistant, associate, and vice provosts and deans with institution-wide responsibility for faculty success (I call them “chief faculty affairs officers” or CFAOs) often find themselves alone on their campuses. Without a community of practice in...

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Evidence-Based Faculty Development: The COACHE Research-Practice Partnership
Mathews, K., & Benson, R. T. (2018). Evidence-Based Faculty Development: The COACHE Research-Practice Partnership. In Success After Tenure: Supporting Mid-Career Faculty . Stylus Publishing, LLC. Publisher's VersionAbstract
This book brings together leading practitioners and scholars engaged in professional development programming for and research on mid-career faculty members. The chapters focus on key areas of career development and advancement that can enhance both individual growth and institutional change to better support mid-career faculties.

The mid-career stage is the longest segment of the faculty career and it contains the largest cohort of faculty. Also, mid-career faculty are tasked with being the next generation of faculty leaders and mentors on their respective campuses, with little to no supports to do so effectively, at a time when higher education continues to face unprecedented challenges while managing continued goal of diversifying both the student and faculty bodies.

The stories, examples, data, and resources shared in this book will provide inspiration--and reality checks--to the administrators, faculty developers, and department chairs charged with better supporting their faculties as they engage in academic work. Current and prospective faculty members will learn about trends in mid-career faculty development resources, see examples of how to create such supports when they are lacking on their campuses, and gain insights on how to strategically advance their own careers based on the realities of the professoriate.

The book features a variety of institution types: community colleges, regional/comprehensive institutions, liberal arts colleges, public research universities, ivy league institutions, international institutions, and those with targeted missions such as HSI/MSI and Jesuit.

Topics include faculty development for formal and informal leadership roles; strategies to support professional growth, renewal, time and people management; teaching and learning as a form of scholarship; the role of learning communities and networks as a source of support and professional revitalization; global engagement to support scholarship and teaching; strategies to recruit, retain, and promote underrepresented faculty populations; the policy-practice connection; and gender differences related to key mid-career outcomes.

While the authors acknowledge that the challenges facing the mid-career stage are numerous and varying, they offer a counter narrative by looking at ways that faculty and/or institutions can assert themselves to find opportunities within challenging contexts. They suggest that these challenges highlight priority mentoring areas, and support the creation of new and innovative faculty development supports at institutional, departmental, and individual levels.

Liberal Arts Colleges and COACHE: Big Impact on a Small Scale

by Kiernan Mathews

For most of COACHE’s 13 years in existence, research universities have dominated the roster of our institutional partners. Their sheer numbers of faculty are a quantitative researcher’s dream!

However, a quiet but sizable minority of liberal arts colleges have consistently relied on the Collaborative’s surveys, analysis, and leadership coaching. Over time, I have been so encouraged by the efforts of their presidents and deans to create the conditions in which faculty do their best work.... Read more about Liberal Arts Colleges and COACHE: Big Impact on a Small Scale

A New COACHE Benefit: Leadership Development in the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education

by Kiernan Mathews

I am pleased to make this special announcement about a Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) collaboration that many of friends at member institutions have noted is long overdue.

Starting this year, two of HGSE's most trusted names--COACHE and the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE)--are working together to provide more and better leadership development options to the network...

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Post-tenure Review from a Growth Mindset

by Kiernan Mathews

I recently fielded a question from a COACHE partner who wanted to know about institutions doing good work in annual appraisal processes that makes real distinctions in faculty performance. There are effective, developmental, faculty-driven approaches, and COACHE data can be deployed to identify them. At our project, however, we start with frameworks—the four lenses of Reframing Organizations...

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