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 an unavoidable need to shift job after getting his tenure, will his new department recruit him with tenure? Or should a few years pass in the new place before he is evaluated again?

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This all depends on what is offered in the new position and on your negotiation skills.

Generally one tries to go up-hill, so to speak, or at least stay on the same level. The new institution hardly will expect you to make the transfer if they offer you a lower position and tenure track when you have tenure already.

If you are forced to move, then you have a weaker bargaining position and might have to take a tenure track position, and go through all the evaluation process again. But this would probably mean that you have bargained poorly or accepted bad working conditions, or it simply could be because there are so few academic jobs these days.

I have heard of one case where someone traded in a tenured Associate Professor position for an untenured Assistant Professor position at a better institute. (The risk paid off in the end.)

  • I also have heard of a case where a tenured associate professor gave up tenure for his new job. He went from tenured associate prof to untenured associate prof (because he had a lot of experience). In this case also, he eventually got tenure at the new job.
    – Dan C
    Commented Aug 23, 2012 at 19:52
  • The notion that it is "job transfer" might seem to suggest that it is a thing that can be done at will, whenever one wants. This is not so. Just as one cannot, at will, "transfer" between grad programs. It's always a re-competition. Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 1:05

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