The Mid-Career Learning Community offers a unique cohort-based experience that is full of opportunities for collaboration, shared learning, and professional growth for mid-career community engagement professionals and community-engaged faculty.

Mid-career community engagement professionals and community-engaged faculty often find themselves looking to the next steps in their chosen career, whether taking on a more senior role or a lateral move to a new department. Specifically, these individuals are in a dynamic time where they make an impact, are doing meaningful work, have the experience and network necessary for managing politics and systems, and want to be on the cutting edge of key issues in the field.

Program components 

Over the course of one year, Mid-Career Learning Community cohorts participate in a variety of structured activities, and core programmatic elements.

  • Monthly virtual meetings featuring guest presenters to dive into the issues facing mid-career faculty and staff, including identity and roles, leadership, engaged scholarship, goal setting, mentorship, and navigating institutional structures and power dynamics.
  • Each monthly session includes time for community building to develop relationships, share resources, and offer support with colleagues in similar positions
  • A final in-person gathering at the Campus Compact annual conferenceDesigned as a pre-conference institute, this gathering anchors the cohort’s learning and solidifies the supportive network, establishing a foundation from which relationships can continue beyond the structure of the program.

What do we mean by mid-career?

Mid-career is defined as faculty and community engagement professionals who have been in the field for over eight years and are not yet in a senior leadership position.

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The application for the Mid-Career Learning Community opens each summer. The best way to keep informed about Mid-Career Learning Community application cycles is to subscribe to our newsletter.

Applicants are selected for the program based on their eligibility (must be mid-career faculty or staff from a Campus Compact member institution) and their ability to participate in all program components. Additionally, we seek to create a cohort that is diverse demographically, geographically, and by institution type.

Program Timeline

The program meets virtually once a month for nine months and culminates with a session at Campus Compact's annual conference. More schedule details to come!