Besides providing individual-level consultations on portfolios and dossiers, CFI currently offers several programs that support faculty documentation of their achievements:


Review and Renew Your Career or Academic Portfolio Institute

In this five-day institute, usually offered in early summer, faculty are invited to a series of group and one-on-one peer mentoring experiences as well as individual reflection and writing activities to review their achievements, identify the central themes of their careers, and map out their future career trajectories. Participants do so by writing and revising a portfolio that describes their central career achievements and places them into a larger context of their career values and goals. All participants will work with a trained colleague who has previously participated in the JMU Academic Portfolio Institute. Review and Renew Your Career Institute is also known as Academic Portfolio Institute.

More information about Review & Renew Your Career Institute.

Third-Year Portfolio Institute

Are you coming up for mid-tenure review in the next academic year? Have you been tenured for 2-3 years and are wondering what you have to do to be ready for full professor in another 2-3 years? Join a community of colleagues for an intensive week-long institute to create a preliminary draft of your mid-tenure or (unofficial) mid-full dossier.

Participants will outline specific activities that will enhance the skills needed to succeed in their current role, prioritize resources and time spent on activities that are important and beneficial for their development and performance, document goals and developmental needs that support them in reaching their career goals, decide on materials to include in their dossier, write draft narratives, review each other’s work, determine questions to ask of their academic unit heads and PACs, and get ahead of the dossier curve.

Third-Year Portfolio Institute is a week-long, mentored program offered over 4-5 days, generally in the summer.

Prepare Your Tenure and/or Promotion Dossiers Institutes

The CFI Career Planning area supports colleges and schools as they create summer institutes in which groups of faculty write their tenure and promotion applications and peer-mentor each other in the process. The precise shape of the institute is designed by liaisons in the individual colleges or schools in consultation with CFI Career Planning personnel. It can include career planning workshops provided by CFI as well as informational roundtables on tenure and promotion standards in the college and/or school. A pilot institute was successfully conducted in summer 2018 with a group of faculty in Libraries and Educational Technologies (LET).

To organize such an institute in your college or school, please contact Andreas Broscheid at

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