Questions tagged [non-tenure]

Non-Tenure are full-time faculty positions that are called by a variety of names at different universities so you might see them advertised as non-tenure track, fixed term, limited term or contract positions and they carry the academic rank of lecturer, instructor or, occasionally, visiting assistant professor.

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Can we put some documents which are not listed as required documents for jobs

I am going to apply for non-tenure tack academic position and I have already prepared all documents. They did not list Cover Letter as a required document. I would like to know whether it is necessary ...
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Assistant Research Professor in a prestigious university or a tenure-track assistant professor in an R2 institute? [closed]

I'm debating over two positions to choose from. One is an Assistant Research Professor (fixed term, huge potentiality to be continued for at least another year or so) in a prestigious university. And, ...
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In Love With My Field…Luke Warm About Academia [closed]

I'm currently facing an existential crisis of sorts with my choice to pursue my academic passions while navigating the demands of an academic system that I don't feel ever catered to what I wanted and ...
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Academic progression in Germany, what happens after a postdoc? What is the next step?

As a follow-up to this question, I am wondering whether or not there are intermediate positions between a postdoc and a tenure in the German academic system. I was told that there isn't really a ...
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Can one acquire “tenure” through teaching or being something like a Research Associate at a university lab?

This question is specific to the United States. Can one acquire something like "tenure" if either (1) their primary / only responsibility is teaching undergraduate courses and / or (2) they work ...
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Request to move-up interview

This may be the wrong place for this question, but the format here is better. Please advise of a better website if I'm totally off base for this site. My situation: I hold a Masters of Accountancy ...
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Is it okay to break a contract for a teaching position to get a job outside of academia?

I have another year in my contract as a visiting assistant professor. However, it is possible that I might be recruited for a non-academic position before the end of the next academic year. Would it ...
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What can be done about the problem of bullying in post-PhD academia? [closed]

I recently wrote a piece of advice to a bullied postdoc that made me sad. Abbreviated, original here, "It is unlikely you can fight this culture, and academic settings have practically no ...
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How is the career path of a full-time Research Associate different from that of a tenure-track / full-time professor?

Recently, I saw that a post-doc, "assistant professor", converted to become a full-time Research Associate at their school, moving all of their online content out of the department faculty page and ...
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How to understand if it's the moment to become a team leader?

I am finishing my first postdoc in computer science, and I have to make a decision about what I want to do next. I have basically two options: Try to get a new position as a senior postdoc or junior ...
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In US universities, are the sport coaches typically considered tenured professors?

The title says it all. In many universities you see coaches for a team in some popular sport hanging around for many decades. I was wondering if in general those people had a status of tenured ...
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Romance between tenured and pre-tenure faculty? Ramifications for disclosure? [closed]

I'm an assistant prof in humanities at a small school, just finishing my second year in a new position, and I've developed romantic feelings for a tenured faculty member (Dr X). We are both unmarried, ...
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Take non-tenure track position or wait? [closed]

I am currently considering offers for non-tenure track teaching-oriented positions (full-time, multi-year contracts) and wanted to get advice on whether to take the offer now, or wait another cycle to ...
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Are all permanent positions “tenure-track”? [closed]

I was offered a permanent position as a "senior researcher" in Europe without teaching responsibilities. As some of you may know, the term "tenure" is getting more and more popular in Europe. "Can ...
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Is a “lecturer” position sufficient for a career and not a temporary position? Can it ever be useful if not intended as permanent?

I am currently in a VAP at a selective liberal arts school for psychology, first year post-grad. I have five publications but probably won't get any offers for tenure track positions without an ...
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Is it realistic to prefer a non-tenure-track research position?

I am a PhD student in a biomedical field in the United States. After seeing professors' Google calendars and figures like this (link) about how limited the time tenure-track faculty get to spend on ...
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I am non-tenured and have been offered a tenure-track position at my current university, but I don't want to stay here long term. What should I do?

I work at a midwestern university in a very small department in a specialised field in the Humanities. I've been working here as a non-tenure track assistant professor, and have been offered a TT ...
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Why are tenure-track professors hired on the basis of their research when they spend most of their time teaching?

I was just looking at a different post that cites National Center for Educational Statistics about how professors of all levels spend their time. I am actually doing some research on faculty hiring ...
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Are (academic) job chances improved by extra-academic activities (Podcast, Popular Science Books)?

This might be a really silly question, but I am wondering whether the chances to land an academic position can be improved by extra-academic activities. Say, people who are famous in their fields, but ...
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Do tenured faculty get to micromanage clinical professors and other non-tenured instructors with respect to the classroom?

Do tenured faculty get to micromanage clinical professors and other non-tenured instructors with respect to the classroom? Shouldn't clinical professors be allowed control of their own classrooms and ...
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What are some side jobs with which a mathematician in a postdoc or non-tenure-track position can make ends meet?

Like many others, I did not get a tenure-track position right out of grad school. I have been moving from university to university across the US for the past few years, sometimes in the capacity of a ...
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Should I apply for a position which I previously applied and had an initial interview?

I am on the job market again, in Mathematics. I see a few job postings for positions which I applied for last year, and I had an initial interview for, but no second or campus interview. These were ...
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How common is it to switch to a tenure-track position from a non-tenure-track position in the same institution?

I am looking for answers from the perspective of U.S. institutions. At some institutions (e.g., mine), a faculty member is allowed to switch tracks at the institution once in their career at that ...
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How often are lectureship positions just for one year?

I am an adjunct instructor in English. I do not have a PhD and don't actually want one. What I really want is a full-time lectureship that would offer job stability. However, I was recently told that ...
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Breaking into research oriented tenure-track positions from teaching track

I received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 in the USA and then had a brief stint as a "teaching assistant professor" for one year at my alma mater. I moved then to a post-doc position in ...
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In US, is it possible to have a non-tenure position for the whole career

As it is very competitive to have tenure, I wonder if there is any case that someone holds a non-tenure position (e.g. associate professor) until the end of his/her career, i.e. until the retirement. ...
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Impact of holding non-TT positions on potential for a TT position

Is there any (negative) effect of prior holding of one or more non-tenure-track (TT) positions on the potential of being hired (and promoted) at a TT position at a university (mostly interested in US)?...
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How does job security in academic untenured soft money positions compare with job security in industry?

With tenured hard-money positions being increasingly competitive, some researchers spend their entire career on soft money untenured positions. To me, it would seem quite bad to never know more than ...
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Accepting organizing duties in a year…but waiting for a new position

This question is strongly linked to a previous question of mine: Tenured position to be started very soon…what to do with the old affiliation Roughly speaking, my situation is the following: I am a ...
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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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Course load expectations for teaching track and how to negotiate for courses

I am a new lecturer (non-tenure track) at an American engineering university (lecturer=teaching track professor, in my case). I am on a 9 month rolling contract and am contracted to work between Sep-...
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What are some effective ways for someone without a graduate degree to increase their chances of getting hired as a lecturer?

Context I am graduating from a Bachelor's degree (Computer Science) at the end of the year from a fairly large Australian university (top50 world). I am keen for a lecturing role (only teaching) at ...
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Is it possible to get back into academic research after being dropped due to funding problems from 6 year postdoc?

Due to funding issues, I was dropped as a postdoctoral researcher with a 2 week notice. Due to seniority (6+ years) and funding climate it has been exceedingly hard to find a position within academia ...
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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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Is an instructor position a possibility to pursue research (semi-)seriously?

I have been offered two positions, in two different countries, and I am trying to determine which one is a better fit. POSITION 1: The first position is as Instructor - a teaching only position - ...
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Decision making paradigm for career planning

Despite receiving a job (post-doc) offer in January I have kept applying to other positions (post-doc and teaching track jobs). This was not a bad idea in retrospect, I suppose This post doc job ...