Mid-career coaching opportunity- Apply by Jan. 22, 2024

The Office of Faculty ADVANCEment is delighted to announce that the application portal is now open for the Clemson Mid-Career Faculty Coaching Program.

In Spring 2024, up to 13 midcareer faculty members will be selected to participate, and each will receive six (6) individual coaching sessions with the staff at Academic Impressions.  Academic Impressions has been focused on leadership and professional development for higher education professionals for more than 20 years.  These coaches have extensive experience in higher education and expertise on mid-career issues. Its cohort-based structure is designed to address the isolation many faculty experience midcareer and to provide opportunities to connect around common challenges. During the program, participants will:

  • Complete a Mid-Career-Discovery needs assessment to identify topic areas most relevant to participants.
  • Participate in a 60-minute Program Launch session.
  • Engage in 6 virtual, one-on-one coaching sessions (phone or video) with a Faculty Coach.
  • Enjoy a 60-minute “Watch party” half-way through the program.
  • Have email access and/or text communication with the coach between conversations.
  • Complete an end-of-program assessment survey.

We estimate this program will require approximately 1.5 hours every other week.  That will include 1 hour for a meeting with your coach and the rest to utilize the suggested resources or complete assignments from your coach.  Faculty will be able to schedule coaching sessions at a time that is convenient for them and their coach.

Important dates

  • Jan 8th: Application Portal Opens
  • Jan. 22nd:  Application Portal Closes
  • Feb. 5th: Notification of support awards from the Office of Faculty ADVANCEment
  • Feb. 9th:  Deadline for recipients to submit the funding source agreement form for the support match to the Office of Faculty ADVANCEment
  • Feb. 20th:  Formal Academic Impressions Program begins
  • Jun. 28th:  Formal Academic Impressions Program ends
  • 2024-2025:  Participants share their experience with the Office of Faculty ADVANCEment to help Clemson shape its future midcareer programming.

Selected applicants in Spring 2024 will be part of the of first Clemson University faculty cohort to enroll in the Clemson Mid-Career Faculty Coaching Program.  In addition, 50% of the program costs will be covered by the Office of Faculty ADVANCEment.  To support the participation of a diverse group of faculty members, the remainder must come from other sources in consultation between the faculty member and their College academic leaders.  These sources can range from all funds being provided by the college to funds between contributed at the college, department, and individual levels.

For this first cohort, tenured faculty in their midcareer may apply using the this APPLICATION PORTAL  

Submission Requirements

  • A one-page (single-spaced) statement (pdf)of how participation in this coaching program would increase the impact of the faculty’s contribution to Clemson University and the profession.
  • Your current curriculum vitae (pdf) that reflects contributions before and after earning tenure.
  • 150 word responses to each of the follow three questions:
    • How has your research scope evolved since coming to Clemson and what caused shifts/expansions/contractions?
    • How has your teaching scope evolved since coming to Clemson and what caused shifts/expansions/contractions
    • How as your leadership or service to your professions or university evolved since tenure?

Session Dates

This is a three-month program and will run from Feb. 19th through June 28th, 2024.

Program Cost and Cost Share Distribution

The cost for this program is $3,000 per faculty member.  Cost will be split using the following distribution:

  • 50% of the cost will come from the Office of Faculty ADVANCEment
  • 50% of the program cost will come from the faculty member’s college, department or individual professional development funds

 Colleges and departments are encouraged to think creatively on how to reallocate funds to support midcareer faculty participating in this new initiative.


Full-time, tenured faculty members at the rank of associate are eligible to apply for program support funding. Faculty may apply for funding each year but can receive these funds only once.

Expectations and Requirements for Recipients of Program Funding Support

Faculty who participating in this mentoring program are expected to complete all coaching sessions and related activities of this program.  Those who receive funding will be asked to actively engage with the Clemson Office of Faculty ADVANCEment as they identify programming for midcareer faculty at Clemson.  This will include both providing feedback on their experience in this program and potential future directions of the programs at Clemson University.  Time commitment will be approximately 2 hours every month for 6 months post-participation.


For questions about this Mid-career Coaching Program, please contact Marian Kennedy (mskenne@clemson.edu).