Conceptualize Your Career Development & Impact
The Early Career Development Roadmap tool is designed to help early career faculty gain a better understanding of their potential career development trajectory. This interactive tool includes 5, 7, and 10 year roadmaps with key career development dimensions and milestones designed to help faculty to build their professional path, guide discussions with mentors, track and adjust their progress, and access institutional resources available to them throughout their professional development and career planning.
Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FAAN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Systems, Populations and Leadership
"As early career faculty, the number of research and career advancement opportunities that are out there can be overwhelming. Creating the roadmap, and continuing to use it as a guide, has helped to guide my decision-making both in the short and long term."
Erika Newman, M.D.
Associate Professor, Medical School, Pediatric Surgery
"It is humbling to view my journey through the lens of a visual roadmap, especially given the non-traditional aspects of my work. During a time when societal events threatened our unity and the future of racial and gender equity, I shifted focus to organizational health, community impact, and culture building at the potential expense of traditional academic achievements. By aligning my work with my passions and purpose, I have made steady progress, and I hope that my path might free others to also take on non-traditional work that inspires and creates change."
Feranmi Okanlami, M.D., M.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical School, Family Medicine
"Diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are often filled with phrases like "You can't be what you can't see" and "Representation Matters." While there is some truth to these statements, we must also support those who choose to take an unbeaten path. Diversity of thought, experience, and approach all lead to improved outcomes, therefore while some mentors are only able to support those who follow their footsteps, this roadmap tool also allows the creativity of innovators, nay disruptors, to imagine potential pathways to success in a system that is often unsure of what to do with or for them."
Lauren Wallner, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Medical School, General Medicine
“I found the tool to be incredibly helpful, and wish I had something similar when I was an early-career faculty member. While I completed it retrospectively after promotion, it still helped me identify some adjustments I want to make going forward in how I am distributing my time and effort.”
Navigating the Winding Road
The path to success is winding, and full of unexpected obstacles and opportunities. The career development roadmap slides provide a structural framework to the iterative, evolving process of career development navigated by early-stage faculty.
Through links to career development resources, and through examples of both accomplished senior faculty as well as those in the midst of their early career development, this adaptive tool enables faculty to unlock their full and unique career potential.
Michael Mathis, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Michigan Medicine
Michelle Moniz, M.D., M.Sc., FACOG
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Michigan Medicine
Jason Wolfe, M.A.
Emily Smith, M.A.
We thank the volunteers from the Schools of Nursing and Medicine who helped to pilot this tool and provide testimonials. We recognize that these examples likely may not represent the range of possible roadmaps from the many schools, colleges, and academic disciplines at U-M. We welcome your feedback. Please contact Jason Wolfe (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to contribute a roadmap that could be shared as an example with others.
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