Academic Career Paths

We recognize the diversity of experiences, interests, expectations, needs, and career stages of academics. Our goal is to provide support for our academic colleagues who are striving to create meaningful and productive professional and personal lives in alignment with– and contributing toward– the missions of Michigan State University.

The Academic Career Paths programming and resources address pertinent junctures in an academic’s career–from when they enter the university, work toward promotion milestones, and transition into late-career or retirement activities.

Check out the upcoming Thriving Series which focuses on the different stages of an academic career.

Academic Career Paths Events


COVID-19 Impact Statement Guidelines

CODD Annual Review and RPT Recommendations for DEI

Provost Memo – University Philosophy and Guiding Policies on Faculty Tenure and Promotion


Webinars, Faculty Success Program, writing accountability, and support from this national organization

Michigan Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)

MSU International Newcomer Information

Find events, resources, and a way to connect to the MSU and East Lansing Community through this comprehensive directory page housed on the WorkLife Office website. Their team is also available for consultations to help you connect to the resources you need to adjust your work and personal life into a new location.

Online Programs

Explore continuing education opportunities for all of MSU’s online and hybrid graduate and certificate programs.