Early Pathways to Career Success

The Medical School Office of Faculty Affairs has scaled up a Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS) version of the program by the same name, Early Pathways to Career Success, to now be available for all Medical School faculty.

The OFA Early Pathways to Career Success program is a year-long program for new faculty to elucidate early pathways of academic success. Skills training in advocating for yourself, education about key best practices for obtaining promotion and tenure, faculty resources for wellness, balance, and peer mentoring are shared, in addition to specific logistics related to human resources such as FMLA, disability, stop-the-clock, and others.

Meetings for this program will begin on Nov. 1, 2021 and continue monthly through Aug. 22, 2022. All meetings are from 8-9:30 a.m. and will be held remotely via Zoom.

Self-nomination form is closed - the deadline for nominations was Oct. 25, 2021. Interested in participating in a gender-specific (i.e. faculty identifying as women) 2021-2022 cohort? Learn more here.

Questions? Contact OFA at ms-ofa@umn.edu.

  • Faculty Facilitators

Guiding Assumptions

  • When faculty feel connected, supported and a sense of “home” within a small group of colleagues, they are more likely to experience personal wellness and professional success.
  • When faculty are engaged with peers and institutional programs, they are more likely to be retained in their positions.
  • There are key skill sets that can support the success of academic faculty in their careers. Some of these skills expand beyond traditional academic career development and include factors such as work-life balance and financial wellness. 

Program Goals

  • Increase average rates of retention for new faculty through increasing new faculty engagement, creating a sense of small group connection, and promoting strategic peer mentoring.

  • Provide early pathways to success for new faculty through skills training, opportunity sharing, and peer mentoring.

  • Increase the success of promotion and tenure.

Conceptual Framework


Framework developed by: Rahel Ghebre, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health; Sade Spencer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology