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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What is a non-tenure-track assistant professor position in the USA and is it harmful?

I see some offers on the Chronicle jobs website (such as this one from UC San Diego) for non-tenure-track assistant professor positions. Is the work of a non-tenure-track assistant professor exactly ...
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Transitioning from pure research to a teaching position

I have a PhD in Computer Science and have been working as a "pure researcher" in an academic setting for the past 10+ years. I have a decent publication record, with a large number of citations to my ...
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Research on practices in addressing faculty bullying/harassment in academia

Recently, the chair of the faculty senate at my institution began an effort to systematically address issues of faculty bullying/harassment. In particular (but not exclusively), we are worried about ...
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What do I need to include in a tenure-track assistant professor job application cover letter?

I am currently applying for tenure-track assistant professor jobs. One of the positions requires me to submit a cover letter, in addition to a CV, research statement, and teaching statement. (The ...
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Do tenured professors work less or more than non-trenured professors?

Is there any research/study/survey/... that looked at how much time tenured professors work in comparison with non-trenured professors? I am especially interested in the field of computer science ...
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Is it advisable to submit multiple teaching letters for tenure-track teaching-focused jobs?

When applying for academic jobs in the US, one is often asked for at least one recommendation letter from someone who can attest to your teaching abilities. If applying for a tenure-track teaching ...
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What is the average teaching load for tenure faculty in mathematics?

I am interested in Math, specifically pure Math, in the USA. I will be on the job market soon for a tenure track position and mathjobs ads usually do not specify the teaching load. What is the ...
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What should I state for “expected salary” in a tenure-track job application?

I am applying to a tenure-track assistant professor job in an applied math department, for which the job posting states Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the ...
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Is it acceptable to only use refererences from other universities?

I am applying to mathematics tenure track positions after a postdoc. I have three research letters from professors at Research 1 universities, and each are AMS fellows. One is my PhD supervisor. My ...
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Very odd interview/hiring timeline for physical science field

Due to the circumstances surrounding my graduation and other factors, I didn't apply in the Fall of 2013 for any jobs. I did happen to see an opening that was still posted in February and applied on a ...
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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 a good idea to get involved with journals as an associate editor prior to getting tenure?

Is it a good idea to get involved with a relatively good journal (yes subjective -lets assume an impact factor +2 and good editors) as an associate editor prior to getting tenure? Does it have a net ...
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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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Is tenure also meant for becoming an assistant professor?

The announcement below from Japan sounds like one becomes an assistant professor at the end of the tenure process. I thought the tenure is always meant for becoming associate professor. Terms of ...
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How do I find applied math tenure track positions at at liberal arts / four-year colleges?

I'm having difficulty isolating tenure track positions in applied mathematics at institutions with more emphasis on teaching than research. I've heard that 'liberal arts colleges' and 'four-year ...
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Should one apply for tenure track positions below current rank?

Should a full professor apply for an associate professor position if it's the only way s/he might be able to continue his or her career? The situation in question involves a person recently promoted ...
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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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Do people need to have their PhDs at Harvard to get tenure at MIT (and vice versa) in STEM fields?

My friends and I were just discussing about this question: do people need to have their PhDs at Harvard to get tenure at MIT (and vice versa) in STEM fields? I know theoretically, the answer is ...
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Leaving soft-money job for tenure track position that doesn't start until August: when to tell current advisor?

A verbal offer has recently been extended to me for a tenure track position that I'm 95% sure I want to accept, although I have not officially (verbally or otherwise) done so yet. This position is ...
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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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How frequently do pre-tenured assistant professors switch institutions?

It's interview season. I've noticed that many of the applicants in this round are already assistant professors at other institutions. Is there any known number or record on how frequently (let's say, ...
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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 is the importance of postdoctoral teaching experience for US tenure-track jobs?

I'm a math Ph.D student in the US who has just accepted a four year postdoc--NSF postdoc at a US school interrupted by a year in Europe. For better or for worse, I am only slated to teach for two ...
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How to choose the right institution for pursuing tenure-track?

I've got 2 offers for a tenure-track position (computer science). One at a well known "tier 1" institution and one at an institution that would be considered "tier 2", both in the US. Most people I ...
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What “Applicant Confidential Data Form” has to do with tenure-track positions?

The data collected using "Applicant Confidential Data Form" will be used by US-based universities to monitor University’s Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Programs as required by the US ...
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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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Why there is a lack of transparency in US tenure-track job searches?

I find it strange that most US departments have so little transparency in tenure-track jobs searches. In the UK the system is a little cleaner. Jobs are generally announced in one place (jobs.ac.uk) ...
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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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Is it a good idea to use Interfolio service for tenure track applications?

What do job search committees for tenure track jobs think of applicants using a service like interfolio? Using such a service, you don't have to bug recommenders for each place you apply and, ...
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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 ...