A job classification for faculty jobs, indicating that someone is eligible for a permanent position ("tenure") should he or she meet certain expectations by the time of the evaluation ("tenure review").

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Would tenured professors who are charged with a crime generally be fired?

What's the usual (North American) universities' practice on dealing with tenured professors who have been criminally charged? I've encountered two scenarios indirectly that could make some professors ...
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What is a reasonable percentage salary increase for tenure and promotion

What is a reasonable percentage salary increase for tenure and promotion from assistant to associate professor in the US?
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What level would an assistant professor be hired at, if applying to associate professor position at another institution?

If a tenure-track Assistant Professor who will be coming up for tenure shortly (5th year) applies for a tenure-track Associate Professor position at another institution, and the other institution is ...
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Why is a tenure defense talk necessary?

Once a tenure-track professor finishes their initial 6 year evaluatory period, I imagine their publication/teaching/grant record should pretty much speak for itself to a tenure committee. Apparently, ...
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How to go about “record of teaching excellence” as part of an application for an academic position when you don't have teaching experience?

I am currently a post-doc and I would like to apply for a tenure-track position in a health-related discipline. As part of the application, the search committee requests a record of teaching ...
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Should I apply to tenure-track positions if I'm fairly certain I won't be staying?

I hope to receive my PhD in Mathematics in May of 2015, so I am currently applying for jobs. Due to life circumstances, I'm fairly certain that I will only be staying at my next position for about 2 ...
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is it good for academic path if I publish too many papers in arxiv

Currently, I am a PhD student from material science and I wish to become a TT professor in the future. When submitting papers, we see an option to submit it in arxiv and it seems to me that the ...
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Which is considered more valuable for faculty job applications, teaching experience or participation in conferences?

As a PhD student from top university, I have the opportunity of having a minor called "teaching minor". For me, I am personally mostly interested in mathematical application into material science ...
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Can you get a tenure-track position in philosophy with a J.D.?

As stated in the title, I'm wondering if someone could shed some light on whether it is possible to land a tenure-track position in philosophy with a J.D. By way of background, I double majored in ...
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Post tenure job search a waste of time?

I've searched many forums and websites and I am hoping to find a more direct answer to my question. I am a tenured, associate professor of humanities at a SLAC (yes, I do appreciate this). My family ...
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What are the possible causes of a faculty position not being filled?

I applied for a tenure-track faculty position at a particular institution in the U.S. I was selected for a skype interview, but was not invited for an on-campus visit. I snooped around on the ...
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What is facultyawards.org?

I recently received an unsolicited email from https://facultyawards.org. I tried Google to get a better sense of just what this group intends, but I couldn't find much insight. My question is simply ...
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Career choice: another postdoc in a strong University, or Faculty in a weaker one? [duplicate]

It is probably a very "soft" question, but let me try. It is customary to believe, that after a certain period of postdoctoral research a person should either establish him/her-self as a (permanent ...
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Is it ethical to approach a professor asking for a (unadvertised) postdoc position?

Some postdoc positions are formally advertised. Arguably, even more exist on a "gray market" - they are not advertised, and a person seeking a postdoc is supposed to contact a professor directly. ...
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Consolation position after tenure is denied

In my department, an assistant professor was denied tenure. However, he remains in the faculty as a lecturer. Is this the typical protocol of departments. If a professor is denied tenure, do their ...
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Interviewing for tenure track jobs: When will the committee contact your references?

The title says it all. Does the committee typically contact your references (or request that reference letters be sent) a) before you phone interview b) after the phone interview but before the ...
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Pros and cons of (co-)authoring a reference book in early career?

I am early in a tenure-track position. I undertook with a publisher to write a reference book a while back and with a light load to start with in my new position, I recently agreed to set a deadline ...
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Evaluating and negotiating a start-up package

I've been offered an academic position, and am now in the fortunate, but unfamiliar position of negotiating the offer. I've seen a few blogs/comments/posts on this process. However, I have no real ...
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Continue applications after accepting a position

There are various questions (and excellent answers) here about what to do when one accepts a job regarding existing applications. The general consensus is "withdraw existing applications". I write ...
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Is it more difficult to score a Tenure Track position in the US when applying from outside?

I am currently located in central Europe. When I was hunting for an assistant professor position some months ago, I was also planning to apply to some US institutions for Tenure Track positions. ...
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What ratio of PhD graduates in STEM fields ultimately end up as (tenured) professors?

I recently saw this infogram circling around various social networks: It appeared in this Tweet with the following claim: Got a PhD? Your chance of becoming a Professor is 0.45%. Good luck. ...
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What leads to contentious tenure cases and can they be avoided?

After hearing about an incredibly contentious tenure case at my alma mater and several other contentious ones, I'm curious to hear how such issues come to be. Some issues that seem to be at play: ...
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How necessary is research for a collegiate teaching job?

I am finishing up a PhD and looking toward teaching. I have a Masters in Math, Masters in Computer Science and am finishing up a PhD in Computational Science. I am wondering how important research is ...
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Do hiring committees strategize?

This question is for those of you who have been on the hiring committee. I am wondering if the following scenario could happen. Applicant X applies to University Y; University Y looks at applicant ...
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Are there tenure track academic jobs where teaching and research are given equal importance?

I have asked my advisers this question recently (since in a year or so, I expect to go on the job market) and received a variety of answers, specific to the USA. Very generally, as I understand, with ...
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Including desired rank in a cover letter for an open-rank faculty position?

I'm an assistant professor in my fifth year and have decided to go on the job market this year. Obviously I prefer tenured positions to pre-tenure positions, but I'm interested in either one. Would ...
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Does Canada have similar tenure-track system as the USA?

Does Canada have similar tenure-track system as the USA? Does it have around 6 years in a tenure-track position before getting tenure?
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What is the real benefit of tenured positions for universities?

People are interested in tenured positions to have a secured job, as they do not need to worry about their contracts. Tenured position gives a professor security that s/he cannot get fired easily ...
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Why do universities have a reappointment process before tenure?

US universities seem to have assistant professors go through a reappointment process before tenure. It seems like a similar review, complete with letters. Except unlike tenure, almost 100% of people ...
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How does a university rank a faculty applicant?

When a university appoints a faculty applicant, the rank is based on his/her current position or the university will judge about the academic rank independently? I understand that each university has ...
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Do Australian academic jobs have similar tenure track policies as USA?

Is the Australian academia following the same system as the US one? i.e., tenure track for a few years, and then tenured? Or it is more like the British one where there is 'probation' period?
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What is the average tenure-track duration in the USA?

I am a postdoc and will be up in the tenure-track job market in the near future. Just want to know what the average duration one has to work on tenure-track. Is this duration negotiable or there is a ...
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Job search when coming up for tenure

I notice that coming up for tenure/getting tenure is often an opportunity to move to another institution (even if tenure is granted). How does this work in practice? Is it common for assistant ...
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Math Professors — On average, how many hours per week do you think is required to gain tenure? [duplicate]

I have a question particularly for the math professors here. I just finished my second year as a PhD student at a top30 University, passed all my qualifying exams, and I've begun working with an ...
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How to list this accomplishment on my vita?

I just saw that one of my research articles was the most-read paper in one of the top journals in my field in February of this year. What is the appropriate way, if any, to list this on a vita? It's ...
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What percentage of phds in math actually get a tenure track academic job?

I'm interested in knowing what percentage of math phds actually succeed in landing a tenure track academic job? Also, does a phd from AMS Group 1 guarantees you an academic job in top universities? ...
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What is the advantage of becoming a full professor if you already have tenure as an associate professor?

What is the advantage of becoming a full professor if you are already an associate professor with tenure? Why not just stay an associate professor for life? What is the key difference between an ...
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What lessons have you learned over the years as a TENURED FULL Professor that you wish somebody had told you when you started as an Assistant Prof?

As a Tenured Full Professor and given your long experience in Academia, what valuable lessons have you learned over the years that you wish somebody had shared with you earlier when you started as an ...
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Should non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty be permitted to vote on tenure-track hires?

My department has several non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty in teaching-only positions. My department is also hiring at the tenure-track level this year and these non-tenured faculty are taking an ...
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If tenured staff are virtually unsackable, why is the drive to find funding so strong?

Tenured staff are virtually impossible to fire, why is the urge to find funding so strong? For post-docs and other untentured scientific staff I can understand, for their job depends on it. For a ...
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During an application/interview should an applicant justify leaving a current faculty position (pre-tenure)?

I have been in a tenure-track position for 3 years and am going back on the job market. Would I be expected to "explain" why I am leaving, especially when it is pre-tenure? I suspect that a search ...
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How to introduce myself briefly in a get together for new faculty members?

For the new faculty orientation, there is a get together where they will ask every new faculty member of all departments to say a few words about him/her self. What are the best practices regarding ...
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How does shifting of jobs affect designation and tenure in academia?

I would like to know how job transfer of faculty members affects their designation. Will they retain their designation (Prof/Assoc/Asst.) in the new institution? Similarly if a faculty member faces ...
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What does “tenure” mean?

I often find academics with tenured bracketed beside their position. What is meant by a tenured position? Is this different from a permanent teaching position?
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What to do after being denied tenure?

What do you do if after 6 years of being an assistant professor, you come up for, and are denied tenure? How hard is it to get a job in industry, when you are middle aged and have no relevant work ...
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What is the likelihood of getting tenure?

What fraction of new assistant professors end up receiving tenure at the institution that they started at? This of course varies by field and rank, so please include the area and range of ranks you ...
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What can I do as a graduate student to maximize my chances of obtaining a professorship?

I've already completed my first grueling year of the PhD program, and graduation is still a yet to be seen light at the end of the tunnel. I'm very sure that academia is for me, and I really want to ...
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Do tenure reviews in U.S. universities usually consider the number of PhD students that a professor successfully graduates?

When it comes to the tenure review process, someone puts it like the way it's put below: The tenure review process is designed to determine whether someone has "the ability to do their job." The ...
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How do universities deal with loss in productivity post tenure?

A tenure from a good university is generally considered to be the pinnacle of academic achievements. It is packed with so many benefits that it is easy to lose direction in one's research career post ...
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What percent of assistant professors generally receive tenure, and how does this percent vary depending on both school and field?

Are new assistant professors more likely to receive tenure in an expanding field, like biology? And are they less likely (percentage-wise) to receive tenure at elite schools?