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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Are politicians attempting to destroy tenure?

Apparently, Iowa's politicians intend to enrich the tenure experience by annual gladiatorial games at state schools, regardless of tenure: those being evaluated below some threshold shall be ...
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Things to ask the Head of Teaching [on hold]

This week I'm going to meet the head of teaching at my new department as a tenure-track faculty. What are the important questions that I should ask this person?
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How is tenure-track start-up in Europe?

After 2 postdoc positions, I applied for tenure-track assistant professor positions. I am from mechanical engineering and my research is strongly experimental. This is critically important for me to ...
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Which publications actually count for tenure?

I have been told in no uncertain terms that papers published with your PhD advisor simply Do. Not. Count. when it comes to tenure. Quote: "Publications with your advisor will be crossed off the list." ...
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Are there any actions professors can take online to contribute towards “service requirements”?

I would like to fulfill my service requirements for the tenure review process. My question: Is it possible to help fulfill these requirements through on-line activities? E.g. Mentoring students ...
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Just got tenured and promoted, but need to move for family reasons

I just got tenured and promoted to an associate professor, the contract for which will start from Fall this year. However, my partner, who is also in academia just accepted an position in another city ...
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Difference between publishing textbooks and publishing research for acquiring tenure

I've noticed that a few of my professors have written their own textbooks, but they only did so after they had already published many research articles and presumably become tenured at my university. ...
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How to make good use of a small startup fund?

I'm starting a tenure track position (in the US, computer science) in fall and the position comes with a startup fund that is insufficient to employ any (postdoc) staff and PhD students are funded ...
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Advice and etiquette for building up collaborations

I'm going to start a tenure-track position in fall. I'm planning to start some collaborations with some researchers that are a lot more senior than myself, who I met at some conferences and with whom ...
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When should a faculty candidate notify schools about a competing offer?

If a candidate has been notified that she is going to receive an offer from another school, at what point should she notify other schools at which she has interviewed? In particular, if it's known ...
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Tenure vs nontenure jobs

I'm trying to understand an excerpt from a New Yorker article about the mathematician Yitang Zhang. The excerpt is included at the bottom. If possible, please help clarify Yang's point about tenure ...
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How are TT candidates measured with different number of postdoc years?

In my field (math), typically people get 3 year postdoctoral fellowships as the standard offer. Some afterwards do another postdoc and some go directly to tenure track. Some people, however, get ...
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Are faculty positions more competitive than government research lab positions?

Whenever I've been in the audience of a faculty interview presentation, I left impressed but demoralised. It appears the bar of making it as far as the interview is very high indeed, and I don't know ...
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How to negotiate multiple tenure-track offers

I'm in the lucky situation that I received 2 offers for tenure-track positions within days of each other from institutions A and B. Either one of the institutions would be a good fit. So far, neither ...
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I'm the only grad student who wasn't asked to write a tenure recommendation for my advisor. Should I be concerned?

I'm a few months away from defending and my advisor is going up for tenure shortly after I finish. I found out that every other student of my advisor, including a student who graduated a year ago, ...
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How many external reviewers is typical for a tenure case?

If someone is on a tenure track in a science or engineering department at U.S. institution (Tier 1, if that makes the question more focused), and it is time to review his case to be tenured and ...
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How common is it for tenured professors to retire?

It seems like some professors choose to retire, while others love their job so much they don't stop doing it until they die (or have health issues that make them unable to work). Which situation is ...
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Is it a standard practice of tenure and promotion committee to ask for review reports of some published papers of the one evaluated?

Is it a standard practice for tenure and promotion committee to ask for referee reports of some published papers of the one evaluated?
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one on ones during campus visit

Do all schools have candidates at tenure-track campus interviews meet extensively with faculty members and administrators one-on-one? Are there schools where it is customary to devote a campus visit ...
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How does the tenure process work [closed]

I am curious to know how the tenure granting process works in the US. How much weight is given to research, teaching, and service. I have heard that a lot depends on your relationship with your peers ...
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Can applicants answer faculty campus interview questions while checking their notes?

During faculty campus interview, is it possible for applicants to check their notes from papers or laptops, or should everything be memorized? In other words, are faculty interviews open book or ...
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How does one address a tenure-track offer that is below expectations

I'm about to receive a tenure-track offer and was already informed about the offered salary. Unfortunately, the salary is barely an increase over my current postdoc salary. (In fact, taking into ...
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Is it OK to mention a two-body problem during a tenure-track interview, if getting the job would actually resolve the problem?

I'm having an upcoming phone interview for a tenure-track position and I expect that I will be asked the usual "Why would you want to work here?" question. Apart from reasons relating to the research ...
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Would a (temporary) industry position before starting a tenure-track position have a negative effect on academic career?

I have obtained a tenure-track offer (computer science) starting in 1 year that I'm planning to accept. I'm currently a postdoc in theoretical computer science and I'm facing the situation where I ...
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What is the recommended option for a faculty applicant after accepting an offer and getting another better offer?

As universities provide short deadlines for faculty position offers, applicants can accept an offer-1 (verbally or by signing a contract) and which is not the best. What is the recommended option if a ...
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Should all voluntary self-identification forms for faculty positions be filled?

When applying for a faculty position, usually there will be an request to fill a self-identification form about things like race and disabilities. The request will mention that it is a “voluntary” ...
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Research on career path after tenure denial?

I am looking for a study on the career path of professors after they are denied tenure. Specifically, what percentage of these get a tenured or tenure-track position at another institution? get ...
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What are the negative consequences of slacking off after attaining tenure?

As I was thinking about the question Can I slack off and get a PhD?, I realized that I wanted to say in my answer If you want to slack off, the best time to do so is after you have received ...
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How to negotiate for clinical vs protected research time in academic job offer?

I am a doctor, with specialty in psychiatry and a subspecialty in mood disorders. I have been offered an academic position at a larger university, but the letter of offer does not specify any ...
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Seeking TT position with criminal record (DUI)

I am a few years away from being done my PhD in philosophy, and plan to seek work in the field. I have a DUI on my record from when I was 18 years old. Will anyone care?
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What's the benefit of delaying a tenure-track position for doing a postdoc (when you already have a tenure-track offer)?

I've seen candidates for tenure-track positions in computer science that managed to negotiate a starting date that is a year later than originally planned. During that additional year, they all seem ...
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What If the announcement for a Tenure-Track position in a research-intensive university does not request a research statement?

If a TT position is announced in a medical-related field in a research-intensive university, and they request to apply using 1) a letter of interest and 2) a CV (No research statement is required). ...
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What steps can faculty and staff take to promote excellence in, and importance of, teaching?

tl;dr Faculty don't think teaching is as important as their other responsibilities; how do we change that? Long version I've been working in academia for a long time and whenever I see instructors ...
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Will it hurt you to leave a tenure track position (for another) after one year?

I'm a new assistant professor in my first year of my first tenure track position. For several reasons, I am seriously doubting whether my current position is a good fit and am considering applying ...
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What is the promotion rate of professors in United States?

I'm writing an essay, and want to know the promotion rate and average duration from assistant professor to associate professor and associate professor to professor in recent years. Sadly I don't know ...
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Should I offer to pay (some of) the travel cost from the UK to the US for an interview?

I'm applying for tenure track jobs this year, and unfortunately the silence from universities I've applied to has been almost deafening so far. While I'm sure there are several factors contributing to ...
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Is it inappropriate to explain why I really want to live where the university is located in my job talk?

I am preparing to give a job talk for an on-campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position. The university is located in city X. I really want a job in city X because I have many ...
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Should I give an overview of my research program at the beginning or at the end of my job talk?

I am preparing to give a job talk for an on-campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position. In many of the job talks I have attended, candidates will spend 40 minutes talking in ...
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What questions should I ask as a candidate during an interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position?

I will soon be at an on-campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position. I expect that in the course of the day, I will be asked the question, "Do you have any questions for us?" What ...
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What should I ask deans during my interview?

I managed to snag my first interview for a tenure-track assistant professor job. As I had heard, the itinerary seems somewhat gruelling. What caught my eye in particular are three 45min-1hr meetings ...
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Who should I ask for reference letters for academic positions?

I am planning to apply for tenure track academic positions, and I already got 3 letters from people who I have worked with during my PhD, including my advisor. Do you think I should seek out letters ...
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How does a 'quasi-tenured' hire work in practice?

I'm posting to help out a friend. The operational parameters are US + research university + computer science, so I'm looking for information primarily in that context, though the question is not ...
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What is the weight on the applicant's personality for tenure?

Assume that someone is an excellent researcher (many awards and at least 7-8 publications a year) and a very good teacher but he is not "liked" by some of the tenured faculty in the department (due to ...
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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 ...