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2010 RSA Career Retreat for Associate Professors

2010 RSA Career Retreat for Associate Professors 

Cheryl Geisler, Simon Fraser University
David S. Kaufer, Carnegie Mellon University
Greg Clark, Brigham Young University

Following success at last year's RSA Institute, the RSA Committee on Equity and Diversity would like to invite you to participate in the second annual Career Retreat for Associate Professors to be held in conjunction with the 2010 RSA Conference in Minneapolis. 

RSA's first class of Career Bootcampers gathered at
the RSA Institute in the summer of 2009:

RSA's first class of Career Bootcampers gathered at the RSA Institute in the summer of 2009

The Career Retreat for Associate Professors is an initiative to reach out to associate professors seeking to complete a scholarly project and achieve promotion to full professor. Following tenure, many RSA members suffer from isolation at their home institutions that can make completing scholarly projects difficult. 

With a special invitation for women and underrepresented minorities, the Career Retreat arises, in part, out of a recent analysis that suggests that women in the RSA are far more likely to be stalled at the rank of associate professor than their male counterparts.   Following tenure, advice and support on advancement issues often disappears, and a host of new obligations often compete for our attention. 

At the 2010 Career Retreat, you will have the opportunity to work with a senior member of the RSA who has agreed to serve as a Career Mentor to:

  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your current curriculum vita,
  • Develop an action plan to achieve promotion to full professor, and
  • Join a writing workgroup to sustain you once the Retreat is completed.

Following the Retreat, your writing workgroup will be asked to keep in touch on a monthly basis and check in with your career coaches every few months.  Then, at the RSA Institute in 2011, your workgroup will be invited to meet again in person, make a report on progress to date, as well as meet with the next wave of writing workgroups to be launched at that time.  Writing workgroups are expected to continue for at least 18 months.

The Career Retreat is open to all associate professors.  Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Retreat begins at 1:00 on Thursday, May 27 and concludes at 2:00 on Friday, May 28.  

To apply, please email your name, institution, and a 100-word explanation of what you would like to accomplish in the Retreat to Cheryl Geisler at Space is limited to 15 participants, so please apply early, but no later than March 15.  Notification will be sent by March 21.

Questions about the Career Retreat can be directed in email to Cheryl Geisler,  See you there!

Note: there is no charge for the Bootcamp beyond the fee for RSA conference registration.


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