Academic Career Paths

Academic careers take many different trajectories. Certain seasons have varying emphasis on teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and leadership. The academic career path weaves all three of these together. 


Late Career Symposium

"Taking the 'Taboo' out of Retirement: Reimagining Later Academic Life" This one-day symposium on March 22, 2017 reimagined later academic life. Our goal was to identify strategies to support senior and retired faculty members and administrators and utilize more effectively their experience, skills, and wisdom. The symposium reviewed the forces driving this issue on university campuses and introduce model programs and policies peer institutions have implemented. Participants considered innovative approaches MSU can employ to enhance the later academic career as a thoughtfully-planned, productive, and fulfilling stage of professional life---a stage that benefits the university community as well as the individual.  See images from the event on Flickr at

Thriving as an Academic Specialist at Michigan State University

This workshop is designed for academic specialists to provide guidance in navigating the academic specialist system at Michigan State University. The workshop will be held in the MSU Union, Ballroom from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on September 14, 2017 (Registration at 8:00 a.m.; program begins at 8:15 a.m.). Click to access the resource page for this event here: Invitations will be emailed to all Michigan State University academic specialists in early August with a customized registration link. If you did not recieve an invitation to Thriving as an Academic Specialist at Michigan State University please contact Jill Bryant at for an invitation.