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Academic Portfolio Retreat

Each year, the Office of the Provost and the Reinert Center traditionally co-sponsors a two-day, in-person immersive writing retreat for faculty who are preparing for promotion and/or tenure. This year, the retreat has been re-imagined in order to create a safer, more equitable experience as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Rather than trying to replicate the full retreat in its entirety over Zoom, we have opted this year for a modular approach. There is no charge for departments or individuals. 

The 2022 Academic Portfolio Retreat will take place in a three-part synchronous/virtual series

Sessions will feature short presentations on key aspects of academic dossiers, generative writing activities to help participants shape their dossier content, and peer feedback opportunities to build community and learn how others frame their professional experiences. 

All registrants are expected to:

  • Participate in all three sessions
  • Complete short writing/reflection activities before and after each session

After the retreat ends, participants will have additional opportunities to connect and write with other attendees if they wish.

Session information is as follows:

Part 1: Context 

When: Friday, March 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Focus: understanding the academic portfolio/dossier; articulating your academic roles and responsibilities

Part 2: Experience/Reflection/Action 

When: Friday, April 1, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Focus: articulating the philosophies and motivations behind your academic work; documenting your academic work

Part 3: Evaluation 

When: Friday, April 8, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Focus: evaluating the effectiveness of your academic work; documenting your accomplishments, development, and impact; planning your next steps

Sessions build on one another, and participants will work in pairs/small groups to support one another. Therefore, participants are asked to commit to attending all three sessions

Full-time SLU faculty members who are tenure-track, non-tenure track, or already tenured are welcome to participate. Faculty who are preparing for third-year review, tenure review, and promotion review may find the retreat helpful in developing or refining their dossiers. Newer faculty may find the retreat helpful in establishing a foundation for later review processes.

Faculty may register by completing this form no later than March 11, 2022. Note: You must be logged into MySLU to access the form.