About the Career Planning Area

CFI Career Planning programs provide opportunities for faculty at all stages of their careers to set clear goals, identify concrete action plans, and document effectiveness and excellence, while viewing their various activities as connected to an integrated career whole. Among other programs, we are involved in creating orientations for faculty (the annual Faculty Welcome and New Faculty Academy), provide one-on-one career consultations, facilitate Madison Career Fellows groups on a variety of career questions, support faculty who apply for the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards, and organize annual institutes in which faculty assemble portfolios that document their achievements. Throughout these programs, our work emphasizes the values of collaboration, inclusiveness, and integration as we work with faculty in a diverse and evolving range of roles, responsibilities, projects, and commitments.

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CFI Career Planning programs are designed to help participants make progress towards the following outcomes:
    • Appreciating the place and purpose of comprehensive career planning in academic careers,
    • Creating a comprehensive career plan with meaningful, measurable goals for professional advancement,
    • Identifying and implementing effective strategies for career advancement,
    • Achieving self-defined career milestones,
    • Applying best practices of performance documentation to career advancement,
    • Developing and fostering productive mentoring and networking relationships, and
    • Identifying strategies to maintain balance in work-life continuum.

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