Penn Faculty Pathways Program
The Penn Faculty Pathways Program, co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office along with Deans of the respective schools, 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 fourth year, Penn Pathways Fellows have 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 also offers an optional second year of extended leadership and professional development skill building.
Goals: The specific aims for the Penn Pathways program are:
Participants: All Tenure and Clinician Educator track Assistant Professors in STEM fields who have been at the University of Pennsylvania for two or more years may apply, and 15-18 will be selected to participate.
Time Commitment: Faculty in the program will attend a total of eight monthly sessions on select Fridays between September and April. Six of these sessions will be from 12-2:30 pm, and the first and last sessions will be extended until 3:00 pm. Participants will spend approximately 2 hours per week intermittently on program-related activities.
Program Dates, 2016-17 (All Fridays):
2016: Sept. 9th, Oct. 14th, Nov. 4th, Dec. 9th ; and, 2017: Jan. 13th, Feb. 17th, Mar. 24th, Apr. 21st
Expected Outcomes: Among our program cohorts 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.
Program Contacts: Feel free to address any questions or concerns to any of the following Pathways team faculty and staff:
The Office of Anita Allen, Vice Provost for Faculty, facilitates every stage of a faculty member's life at Penn, from appointment through post-retirement.