The UD ACHIEVE Program fosters supportive communities where faculty members are challenged and celebrated in their respective journeys to become more productive scholars while maintaining work-life balance. UD ACHIEVE Program offers faculty several programs including our highly successful small-group mentoring program Write-On Site sessions, regular semester planning meetings, and targeted workshops for dossier preparation and mentoring early and mid-career faculty.  

If you have any questions or would like to join the UD ACHIEVE Program community, please contact Dr. Jennifer Saylor at achieve@udel.edu.

Jennifer L. Saylor, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Faculty and Student Affairs Associate Professor

Office Location:
387 McDowell Hall

Maria Purciello

Associate Professor, Music History and Literature

Office Location:
317 Amy E. du Pont Music Building

Weekly Planning Meetings

This 30-minute session offers faculty members space to reflect on their planning process and improve upon it. The host will transition slides guiding participants through three different exercises that help faculty members structure their next week.


Semester Plan Workshops

Held at the beginning of UD’s summer, fall, winter, and spring terms, the Semester Plan Workshops offer a space to foster scholarly production. Faculty members can attend this hybrid workshop to outline their goals for the semester and develop a semester structure to meet these goals.

The UD ACHIEVE Program also offers a Summer Planning Workshop that provides guidance, protects time and space for your summer. Space is limited.


Assess & Adjust Workshops

Faculty members and participants from the Semester Plan Workshops are invited to join a hybrid mid-semester Assess & Adjust Workshop. The Assess & Adjust Workshopallows faculty members to reflect on how their schedules and demands of the semester have helped or hindered them from reaching their goals for the given semester.

Write-On Site Sessions 

An effective way of increasing scholarly productivity through co-working sessions, whether in person or via Zoom. These sessions help protect your time and provides motivation. UD’s ACHIEVE Program offers numerous Write-On Sites sessions each semester. Register by emailing achieve@udel.edu.

Write-On Site sessions are simple. Show up at the designated time and place or (Zoom meeting), settle in, and work for whatever time you’ve promised yourself. Participants report the importance of adding this routine to their weekly schedule as means of protecting their dedicated writing time each day. This is an open invitation to all faculty members who wants to establish an on-campus writing time routine with added personal accountability.

ACHIEVE Fall Peer-Review Preparation Course

Every fall, ACHIEVE offers a multi-session course for faculty who are submitting their materials for internal peer-review. This program provides examples and guidance for each portion of the materials (CV, summary statement, teaching/research/service statements), and provides an opportunity to receive peer and facilitator feedback in dedicated working sessions throughout the semester. 


CT Peer Review and Appraisal Writing Challenge

ACHIEVE has partnered with the CT Caucus to offer a Winter session program for CT faculty who will be submitting materials in early spring for contract renewals! The kick-off event will be held on in the first week of January, followed by weekly work sessions throughout the Winter session.


ACHIEVE Spring Dossier Course

Every spring, ACHIEVE offers a Dossier Course for faculty who are submitting their dossier for external review in summer 2024 for promotion and/or promotion and tenure. This multi-session program provides an excellent opportunity to learn best practices, and provide and receive peer and facilitator feedback on your dossier materials in dedicated working sessions throughout the semester. More information on future dates is on the sign-up sheet. 


CV Workshops

The UD ACHIEVE Team is very excited to offer our CV Workshop this spring! This program is designed to help ALL faculty redesign and update their CVs. The first meeting will be held in-person followed by short (30-min) work/update hybrid sessions each month.

Do you want to develop skills to create a greater work-life balance and increase your scholarly productivity? The UD ACHIEVE Small Group Mentoring Program works with faculty in small groups of 3 or 4 and is led by an experienced mentor. This mentoring program is designed to help all faculty achieve their scholarly goals throughout the semester while maintaining, or improving, work-life balance.

This program offers an accountability and support system and provides resources to help faculty members succeed even with occasional, unforeseen challenges. These groups meet every week to establish scholarly goals, report on progress, celebrate successes, discuss effective strategies and develop plans to navigate the challenges that the semester and life brings.   

This mentoring program is open to all post-docs and faculty of all ranks and tenure tracks. These small groups meet for an hour every week during the fall and spring semesters to establish writing goals, report on progress, discuss effective strategies for navigating some of the challenges of academia, and celebrate one another’s successes. All mentors and coaches are members of the UD ACHIEVE Program community who have participated in the NCFDD Faculty Success Program Bootcamp or been trained as UD ACHIEVE Program mentors.

For more information about the UD ACHIEVE Small Group Mentoring Program please email achieve@udel.edu

Vision: We believe that when faculty achieve excellence, they make a transformative impact on the communities in which they work.


Mission: Our mission is to support faculty excellence throughout their career. The ACHIEVE program helps faculty to unlock their professional potential through mentorship, connectivity, inclusivity, and leadership development.


In service of our vision and mission, we have the following core values:


  • Increase faculty retention by facilitating and supporting mentoring networks

  • Create Space for work, reflection, and peer feedback

  • Develop momentum for career transitions

  • Document progress and impacts in scholarship, innovation, and creative work

  • Support healthy routines and promote work-life dynamics


  • Nurture professional development by offering workshops and courses

  • Promote and model best practices in faculty development, progress, and promotion

  • Facilitate lifelong learning and productivity

  • Create space for joy in academic work and celebrate successes


  • Encourage collaborative environments for all faculty from diverse backgrounds and disciplines

  • Foster community and belonging

  • Translate work across disciplines

  • Develop partnerships across the university


  • Build inclusive communities across the university

  • Support community building and belonging

  • Promote equity and inclusion in access to professional resources, activities, and information

  • Create a mutually supportive and respectful environment for all faculty


  • Promote a culture of accountability and responsibility

  • Mentor faculty transitioning into and out of leadership

  • Enrich opportunities for faculty to develop skills related to leadership

  • Expand the capacity of ACHIEVE fellows and participants