Working Paper

Navigating Careers in the Academy: Gender, Race, and Class

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, in partnership with ADVANCE-Center for Faculty Success, is introducing a new Working Paper series that will focus on navigating careers in the academy. The series will serve as a means for documenting and sharing interventions, practices, and processes developed or utilized by those in the academy to navigate their careers. The series will have two issues during an academic year - one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.

Working Paper Series - Fall 2019 abstracts now being accepted

Abstracts for the fall 2019 issue of the Butler Center-ADVANCE Working Paper Series’ titled “Navigating Careers in the Academy: Gender, Race, and Class” are now being accepted. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Thursday, August 22, 2019. More information about manuscript submission is available.

The table of contents for the Spring 2019 issue is below. The abstracts can be viewed below the article title. For complete articles in the issue, please click on the Spring 2019 issue tab.


**If you use any material from articles that have appeared in the Working Paper series and need to cite it, please use the recommended citation which is at the bottom of the first page of each article in an issue. Please contact if you have any questions.**


  1. Collegiality in Academy Today
    Nancy J. Peterson

    This piece is based on remarks that were originally prepared for the Roundtable on Collegiality in Higher Education, organized by the Butler Center and held on 02/05/2019. Collegiality is a much-valued quality for faculty today, but can be a difficult concept to codify or practice in today's universities. This essay distinguishes "collegiality" from "good citizenship" or "civility" and builds on James Bess's three-part definition of collegiality to define collegiality as a network of relations. Moreover, the essay links collegiality to fundamental issues of diversity and equity: it proposes a model of "inclusive collegiality" that values the participation of underrepresented minority faculty in bringing transformative perspectives to common issues. In addition, the author suggests strategies for administrators and faculty to foster a collaborative, collegial working culture.

  2. Embracing Forks in the Road: One Woman's Journey into Academic Leadership
    Mia Tuan

    In this essay the author reflects on a twenty-five year in the academy as a faculty member and campus leader. Drawing on the concept of “forks in the road,” i.e., decision points in an academic career, the author: 1) elaborates on the fork in the road concept as it has manifested in her own life and career,  2) suggests that academic service may also serve one's career interests if intentional choices are made, and 3) stresses the importance of remaining authentic to yourself no matter what roles you choose to take on during your own career.

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