Having worked hard to meet the expectations of their institutions and perhaps having been promoted and attained tenure, faculty members in the middle years of their careers face new challenges and opportunities. ATS convenes faculty in the middle stage of their careers at periodic roundtable seminars to discuss issues of common concern and explore next steps as they experience life after tenure and emerge into leadership positions in their institutions. The roundtable seminars for midcareer faculty discuss the changes in faculty roles and responsibilities in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service during this middle stage.
When faculty members begin their work at theological schools, they inevitably face large tasks and significant adjustments. There are new courses to be created, new colleagues and students to meet, and new dynamics and institutional culture to explore and understand. In addition to those general demands of higher education are the distinctive challenges and opportunities of teaching in a theological school. ATS convenes periodic seminars designed for faculty who have completed their first or second year at a member school. These seminars address the unique vocation—both individual and corporate—of theological educators. Academic deans reflect on what they have learned from working with faculty, and faculty members share their experiences of surviving and thriving as theological educators.