Publication Date: December 3, 2021
How can new faculty find success in academia and what can universities do to support them? In this book, the author demonstrates how a coaching-focused stance toward faculty development can improve equitable conditions within the university and contribute to faculty retention and well-being. For faculty and graduate students, this book emphasizes the skills needed to be a successful academic with a focus on lifespan learning. For universities, this book articulates how institutions can implement an equity-driven plan for faculty development. In the first section, Mitra investigates the structures that can contribute to inequities, spotlighting the unspoken assumptions and lack of clarity of institutional processes. In the second section, she interweaves the building blocks needed for faculty success (agency, belonging, and competence) with the traditional academic expectations of research, teaching, and service. With engaging vignettes and extended examples of faculty experiences, The Empowered Professor centers on the space in which individuals can find success within academic settings while maintaining the integrity of themselves.
Dana Mitra is a professor of education policy studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Her books include Civic Education in the Elementary Grades: Promoting Student Engagement in an Era of Accountability.
“The Empowered Professor is a thoughtful, powerful, and practical guide—a must-read for graduate students, faculty, mentors, and campus leaders alike. It is masterful in its balance, simultaneously demystifying the complexities of the academy, spotlighting inequities embedded in structures and systems, and providing scholars with tools to tap into their truth and authentically pursue their goals.”
—Kimberly A. Griffin, professor and associate dean, college of education, University of Maryland
“With over a decade of experience and drawing on others’ perspectives, Mitra challenges universities’ structural and cultural impediments to faculty success. She thoughtfully offers an equity-driven model of faculty development to help dismantle institutional barriers and enhance faculty agency, belonging, and competencies (ABCs).”
—Gaëtane Jean-Marie, dean and professor of educational leadership, Rowan University