Advanced Career Management

Promoting Faculty Success

Advanced Career Management (ACM) promotes mid-career faculty development, success, and retention through peer mentoring groups organized into three career track affinity groups: Leadership/Administration, Research Intensive, and Research and Teaching Excellence. Full Professors serve as ACM Guides for the affinity groups and for campus activities offered to mid-career track faculty.

Affinity groups discuss a range of topics related to the shared career track aspirations of the group. Topic prompts along with relevant readings are provided to the Senior Guide each month. These include career planning, prioritizing for career goals, networking, managing the faculty activity report, and sabbaticals. While these are offered to all groups, participants are encouraged to discuss other topics that arise in their group discussions. ACM groups hold at least 3 one-hour meetings each semester and more often if possible. Additional mentoring opportunities are provided periodically beyond the group meetings.

Get Involved

Mid-career faculty can join an affinity group by contacting Shari Stockero at At the beginning of each Fall semester, there will be an orientation meeting for interested faculty and you can sign up there as well. Newly tenured Associate Professors are strongly encouraged to participate in ACM to clarify expectations and focus on career goals.


What is an ACM Guide?

An ACM Guide is a tenured professor who meets with affinity group participants either in a group setting or one-on-one. The responsibilities of the ACM Guide vary depending on which type of guide you become:

ACM Affinity Group Guides are ACM Guides who meet regularly with an affinity group. Typically we have one guide per group. The guide is responsible for scheduling affinity group meetings, facilitating group conversation, and responding to a set of brief feedback questions for ACM. The guide is the point of contact for the group and will receive prompts and announcements for group meetings from ACM.

ACM Support Guides provide mentoring and career-specific expertise at ACM events each semester and through the ACM video series on career topics. Most guides participate in one event per semester.

Resources and training for both Affinity Group Guides and Support Guides will be available through the ADVANCE Resource Center. If you're interested in joining the Affinity Group program as an ACM Guide, please contact us at

What is the time commitment?

ACM Affinity Group Guides should expect a time commitment of 1-2 hours per month for group meetings with additional time for discussion planning.  

Where Can I Learn More About Being An ACM Guide?

If you are interested in becoming an ACM Guide, please contact Shari Stockero at

What Activities can an ACM Support Guide Participate In?

Create A Video: Using one of the topics highlighted by the ACM team as an area of interest for participants, support guides can create a short video (approx. 5 min) discussing their experiences and providing advice on the topic. The ADVANCE Resource Center can assist in recording, creating transcripts, and adding subtitles to these recordings and will publish them on their website and YouTube channel. 

Speak at an Event: The ACM program periodically provides large group events to discuss topics of interest to ACM participants. If you are interested in speaking at an event, email us to let us know.

ACM Guide Affinity Group Meeting Topics

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