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Applications now being Accepted for RSA Career Retreat for Associate Professors

Applications now being Accepted for
RSA Career Retreat for Associate Professors
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In-Person & Virtual Options for 2022!

Cheryl Geisler, Simon Fraser University

Elizabeth Tasker, Stephen F. Austin State University

Lynee Lewis Gaillet, Georgia State University Letizia Guglielmo, Kennesaw State University


The Career Retreat for Associate Professors is an initiative of the RSA 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.  Advice and support on advancement issues often disappears, and a host of new obligations often compete for attention. 

With a special invitation for women and BIPOC members, the 2022 Career Retreat offers the opportunity to work with a senior member of the RSA who has agreed to serve as a Career Mentor to:

  • Learn how to “read” your own institution,
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your current curriculum vita,
  • Develop an action plan to achieve promotion to full professor, and
  • Confer with a writing workgroup designed 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 Mentor every few months. Writing workgroups are expected to continue for at least 18 months.

Following the success of the Virtual Career Retreat in 2020, we are offering the 2022 Career Retreat in two streams:

  • In-Person on Thursday, May 26, the day before the regular conference, in Baltimore.
  • Virtual on Thursday, May 26, the day before the regular conference, over Zoom.

Participants will be asked to choose among these streams once the full conference program is announced.  Conference registration with the corresponding model (in-person or virtual) is required.

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

Please apply here no later than February 10, 2022 Notification will be sent by February 15.  Space is limited to 25 participants.

Questions about the Career Retreat can be directed in email to Cheryl Geisler, cgeisler@sfu.ca.  See you there!

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