Career Stages

From the New Faculty Orientation through phased retirement, the Center for Academic Excellence strives to support the success and productivity of the teaching-scholars of Appalachian State University. While we are dedicated to each unique career stage, we are also keenly aware of the significance of key transitional periods in academia. Tenure, promotion, leadership opportunities, and changes in the teaching and learning environments all pose significant challenges and rewards. We have provided this guide to help you in each stage of your professional career.

New Faculty

Welcome, and congratulations on your new employment at Appalachian State University! We are excited that you have chosen this university to aid you in growing and developing your professional career.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Academic Excellence invite you to attend an exciting and informative Welcome and Orientation. This event will introduce you to the campus culture at Appalachian, policies and procedures that are in place, and will give you the opportunity to network with fellow new faculty and staff members, current faculty members, and administration. All faculty (including non-tenure, tenure-track, and tenured) are invited to attend.

To further aid you in becoming acclimated at Appalachian, you are also encouraged to attend our professional development workshops. These events are offered throughout the regular school year, along with first and second summer sessions. 

Campus resources for new faculty members:

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Approximately 40% of faculty at Appalachian hold full-time or part-time non-tenure track appointments. At many institutions, non-tenure track faculty are denied the same faculty development opportunities as the tenure-track faculty. This is definitely not the case at the Center for Academic Excellence.

We offer a variety of workshops, conferences, webinars, and other professional development tools for staff, non-tenure track, tenure-track, tenured, and administrative faculty alike.

Visit our calendar to view upcoming events.

Resources for non-tenure track faculty:

Early Career Faculty (Pre-Tenure)

Welcome to academe. You are entering one of the most stimulating and satisfying professions in the world. You are actually paid to constantly develop new skills and new perspectives to address new challenges and new issues in your field! What could be more exciting?

As a junior faculty member, your primary job is to demonstrate that you are able to make a meaningful contribution to the university and to the profession. Thus you are expected to:

  • Engage students in the content of your discipline through a variety of pedagogical methods
  • Create knowledge, either by conducting significant research in an area of your discipline, or by creating major artistic pieces
  • Provide service to the department, college, university, public, and/or profession

It is imperative that you continuously work on and collect evidence about your accomplishments in these three areas. It is equally important that you work closely with members of your department to learn and abide by the criteria for rank, tenure, and promotion. We in the Center for Academic Excellence are here to help you through workshops, conferences, and institutes intended to enhance your teaching and research, and by helping you attain the balance between teaching and research that is essential to success and recognition. We are here to listen and to develop solutions based on the interests, issues, and obstacles you perceive, identify, and share. The Center for Academic Excellence strives to help you in your quest for tenure.

Helpful resources for junior faculty:

Early Career Faculty Writing Retreat

Join Dr. Lindsay Masland & The Center for Academic Excellence for a productive faculty writing retreat!

Whatever your writing goals, working in a group for a focused amount of time can give you the momentum to startre-organize, or complete a project. After setting and sharing goals for the day, we will work for extended blocks of time.

Throughout the week,  there will be opportunities to consult with colleagues from the Office of Research and University Libraries for any funding or research/library services you may need.

Participants will meet on the following days from 9:00am-3:00pm, location TBD 

  • Monday, 5/18/2020
  • Tuesday, 5/19/2020
  • Wednesday, 5/20/2020
  • Thursday, 5/21/2020


About the Facilitator:

Lindsay Masland

Dr. Lindsay Masland

Early-Career Faculty Coordinator, Center for Academic Excellence
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Lindsay Masland is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Coordinator for Early Career Programs for the Center for Academic Excellence at Appalachian State.  She serves as a Consulting Editor for the journal Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology and is active in Division 2 of the American Psychological Association, which focuses on the dissemination of research-based practices in teaching and learning. Lindsay teaches courses in education, psychology, and statistics to future teachers and school psychologists at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Her research interests lie at the intersection of academic motivation, effective teaching practices, and social justice, and her passion is to help educators make instructional choices that lead to transformative educational experiences for the wide variety of students they find in their classrooms.  When she's not busy spouting off about research-based teaching, Lindsay can be found cooking, running, tap dancing, crafting, and performing musical theatre. Usually not at the same time.