Faculty Pathways

Penn Faculty Pathways Program

Penn Faculty Pathways Program

The Penn Faculty Pathways Program, sponsored by the Provost’s office, is designed to enhance the personal and professional development of faculty members in the first phase of their careers at Penn. The goal of the Penn Pathways program is to improve academic productivity as well as job satisfaction in junior faculty by providing resources to guide their career planning, personal development, and scholarly success at Penn.  Now in its second year, Penn Pathways Fellows last year reported significant increases in job satisfaction, knowledge of their personal strengths, confidence in their negotiation skills, and progress towards their career goals.  Penn Pathways Fellows develop a sense of camaraderie, support and shared experience that transcend school and department boundaries to create a culture of collaboration.  Pathways is now offering an optional second year which will provide additional leadership and professional development skills.

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Goals: The specific aims for the Penn Pathways program are:

  • Maximize the potential of Penn’s world-class faculty by optimizing their creativity, productivity, engagement, and satisfaction at work and in other parts of life
  • Build community and faculty collaboration across disciplines
  • Provide targeted  skill-building sessions to improve strategies for academic success at Penn

Participants: All Assistant Professors in STEM fields at the University of Pennsylvania may apply, and 15-18 will be selected to participate.

Time Commitment: Faculty in the program will attend a total of eight (monthly) 2.5 hour sessions on select Fridays from 12-2:30 pm (first and last sessions will be three hours) and spend about 2 hours per week intermittently on program-related activities.     

Program Dates, 2015-16 (All Fridays): Sept. 11th, Oct. 2nd,  Nov. 13th, Dec. 11th,  Jan. 22, Feb. 5th, Mar. 18th, Apr. 15th

Program Content:

  • Faculty Career Development (5 sessions): Seminar sessions will be facilitated by content-area experts from Penn and other sites.  Combining discussions with skill-building activities, these sessions focus on developing fundamental strategies for Promotion, Negotiation, Effective Communication, and Career Planning.  In the process, participants create a network of colleagues within the University who can provide peer mentoring and also some collegial enjoyment. 
  • Total Leadership Program (3 sessions):  This program developed at Wharton has been used with professionals world-wide. Through peer mentoring and individual reflection, these sessions will focus on increasing performance at work, at home, in the community and for the private self (mind, body, spirit) – by finding mutual value among these four life domains (see

Expected Outcomes:  In our program thus far, Penn Pathways Fellows have achieved transformational outcomes. They found empowerment, insight, knowledge, and skills for advancing their academic careers and clarifying their values and goals for their work and other parts of life.  As one participant summarized, “the program provided me the impetus to think deeply about the direction I wanted to take my personal and professional life.” Others felt the program provided them a “sense of belonging” and “more connected” to the Penn community.   

Application Due Date: Email a completed application by June 15th  to Susan Primavera ().  Space is limited, so we encourage interested faculty to apply early.  

Program Contacts:  Feel free to address any questions or concerns to any of the following Pathways team faculty and staff:

Stephanie Abbuhl MD, Perelman School of Medicine ()

Stewart Friedman PhD, Wharton School ()  

Susan Margulies PhD, School of Engineering and Applied Science ()

Susan Primavera, Perelman School of Medicine ()

Patricia Scott, Perelman School of Medicine ()

Lucy Wolf Tuton PhD, Perelman School of Medicine ()