Center for Faculty Innovation

What's Next? Review Your Career and Design Possible Paths in Times of Change

Mon, 20 May 2024 10:00 AM - Thu, 23 May 2024 4:00 PM

Join a community of colleagues to review your career, reflect on what is important in it, discuss where you want to go next, and identify next steps that are attainable. This community may be of particular interest to you if you

  • Are preparing for an upcoming promotion process, whether imminent or in the mid-future; 
  • Are not on a tenure or promotion track (full- or part-time) but want to create a career plan; 
  • Have been in your career for a while and feel that it's time for a change; 
  • Want to thoughtfully plan your career in a changing academic environment.

We have some questions for you:

  1. What are your career goals? What do you value professionally? What plans do you have for the future?
  2. How can you respond to change in the academy? There has been a lot in the recent past — a pandemic, AI, political changes, the move to an R2, and more. How might you navigate these developments and flourish professionally while understanding what type of institutional citizen you are? And what does institutional citizenship mean for you?
  3. How would a rich work experience look like for you? And with "rich," we mean work that is meaningful, exciting, challenging, rewarding, that makes the world a better place, and that is sustainable in the context of a full life that also includes good health, time for family, friends or community, and time for fun and play (and also the knowledge that this may not be attainable).

If you cannot answer all or some of these questions, this faculty community is for you. We provide tools for individual reflection, individually tailored feedback on your responses to our questions, and a community of colleagues that provides a range of perspectives, intellectual brainpower, and collegial compassion along the way. What we need you to provide in return is an open mind, the willingness to reflect honestly about your work and what is important to you, participation in conversations, and openness to feedback.

Dates & Times: Monday, 5/20, through Thursday, 5/23, from 10 AM - 4 PM

Location: Rose Library 5211


Genre: Institute

View the list of the Career Planning Summer 2024 Institutes here.

Attendance & Registration Information

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only! If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend, please email with your request. Refer to the CFI Programs & Events webpage for detailed information and an instructional video on how to use the registration portal!
LOG IN: If this is your first time visiting the registration page, your account will be created automatically when you sign in with your JMU e-ID and password (DUO required). Be sure to clear your browser cache/cookies upon each visit to the registration page.

  • Complete your profile information:
    • Update your college/division and department (use the search feature and/or select from the dropdown) and enter your Mail Stop Code (MSC) for your department on-campus mail.
    • Add comments about your dietary & accommodation needs at the bottom of the profile form. (This information is collected and stored with your online account for all future programs you may attend.)
  • Once your profile is complete, you should see a status update as complete on your Dashboard (an overview of your account).

Register by Monday, 5/13, at 11:59 PM.


Please note that registration is for attending all dates and times listed.


If you find that you are unable to attend a scheduled event prior to the registration deadline, please return to your CFI Program Account and cancel your registration. If it is after the event registration deadline, please email as early as possible.

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations or accommodations (e.g., dietary, disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in your account profile. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.


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