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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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Edited volume (humanities) for tenure? [closed]

Does publishing an edited volume count for tenure (humanities)? And if so, does it count if you are 1st or 2nd editor in the same way?
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How much is the freedom of research after tenure? [closed]

Is this true? Also, are there any obligations about the minimum amount of research papers you should produce (say every year) after being tenured? What if a tenured professor does not produce a paper ...
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Delaying TT position to finish postdoc?

I am trying to decide if negotiating to delay the start of a TT position in order to complete the 2nd year (out of 2) of my current postdoc is a good idea. I am mostly interested to hear your thoughts ...
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PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

Summary: It took me 3 years to analyze data from one sample (n=1) whereas correct way to perform experiment would be with n>=3. Now my job and funding are in question, since I don't have more time. ...
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Faculty job negotiation - dual career and salary [closed]

I received a phone call from the department chair informing me that they are willing to give me an offer. Then, he sent me the startup sheet and asked me to send them my comments. This sheet contains ...
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US Assistant Prof salary negotiation with counter offer before going up for tenure

I'm an assistant prof. in a public US university. I have to go up for tenure this year. The department I'm in is somewhat mismanaged, with lots of politics and favoritism. Many have left the ...
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Academic Programme of Work for the next 3-5 years

I have an interview for an academic position, and I have been asked to prepare a programme of work for the next 3-5 years. I have googled but I am not certain what sections should this report include. ...
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Is it exploitative that an institution offered me associate professor when I am qualified for full (and have been full at a previous institution)? [closed]

I am an international academic having received my degrees in 4 different countries. I began my career in a highly prestigious position in industry, but thoroughly enjoyed research so made a move into ...
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TT job ad re-posted after I had a fly out - implications? [closed]

I had a second interview for one US college 3 weeks ago and for another 2 weeks ago. The interviewers said they would be getting back to me in 2-4 weeks, depending on how things went internally. I ...
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When and how to leave a faculty position for a new department/university or industry

Summary: I am a successful tenure-track assistant professor, but want to move to another department/institute or industry I’m an assistant professor about halfway through my tenure clock at one of ...
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Do teaching-only faculties get tenures? [closed]

As far as I understand, there are two types of faculties in the universities/colleges: Research + teaching faculties Teaching-only faculties Do teaching-only faculties get tenures (i.e. permanent ...
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What to do if "fake students" attending the teaching demo of a tenure-track interview do not react to planned active learning techniques of the demo?

I am reading about the importance of the exhibition of active-learning techniques in the course of teaching demonstrations of tenure-track interviews. This paper frequently stresses on the usage of ...
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Are tenure-track positions in Sweden exclusively assigned to internal fellows?

I have been contacted by the search committee of a Swedish institute to whose (STEM-based) tenure-track position I had applied almost 8 months ago. They informed me that I will have an interview over ...
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What to focus on in a 20 minute research talk?

This is question is regarding tenure-track job (in STEM) interview in the US. I will be giving 20 minute research talk during my on-campus visit for a teaching focussed school. Audience will all ...
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Will a "Lecturer (Teaching)" in UK always remain a teacher without any opportunity for research and promotion like a "Lecturer"?

I am invited to an interview for a Lecturer (Teaching) position in a (very prestigious both research-and-teaching-based) UK institute. The duty and the responsibilities noted in the job ad clearly ...
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Is it time to move on from my faculty applications that had deadlines in Dec. 2021 and Jan. 2022?

I'm a recent PhD (~7 months since I started my postdoc with my PhD adviser) in plasma physics/engineering with multiple conference presentations and 5 first author papers resulting from my PhD in ...
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Drastic changes in tenure process and requirements during evaluation

I am an assistant prof. on a tenure-track in the US, in an institution that was heavily oriented toward teaching when I was hired, but that is gradually gearing toward more intensive research ...
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When should I start applying for Tenure Track positions? [duplicate]

Ph.D. Candidate in Social Work. When should I start applying for Tenure Track positions, if I plan to complete my degree by December 2023? I'm Canadian. And yes, there are Social Work researchers in ...
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Can a tenure decision be overturned a month before the decision letter is sent to faculty?

I am a grad student with an untenured faculty. Her tenure dossier was discussed last year and I have heard through the grapevine that she may be denied tenure the primary reasons being her lack of ...
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What is the General Policy of Leaving a Position for Another During Sabbatical?

I am currently on sabbatical after receiving tenure and a position at another university opened up that I am interested in and they are interested in me as well. I'm wondering what is the general ...
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Is it possible to achieve tenure in Germany as a postdoctoral researcher, funded 100% by the German research foundation?

The German Research Foundation (DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) is a funding body that funds fundamental research in Germany. The DFG has a following rule (100% rule from now on): if a person ...
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How common is it in STEM fields in the US that the tenure track offer goes to the second person in the list?

I had a tenure track interview at an R1 university a few weeks ago, and today the department chair wrote to me that We were impressed with your candidacy and still have the possibility of making an ...
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Am I supposed to submit my application only by email, or by post as well, or do I query? Job posting for reference/ language below [closed]

The job application description states: "Interested candidates must submit, by email ..... Send this and two LORs to: [Enter snail mail] [Enter email address] I want to both; email and send my ...
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Does positive feedback during a tenure track campus interview mean an offer? [closed]

I had my first on-campus interview 10 days ago at an R1 university, which is not an ivy but a dream job in my field. I was supposed to give a colloquium and present a research talk about my future ...
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How much does a successful funding proposal affect the tenure-track faculty application?

QUESTION: I’m curious to know: how much does success in writing funding proposals for NSF as a PhD student affect your application for a tenure-track faculty position in the US? Especially if you were ...
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How essential is having my advisor's letter for postdoc application (and, in future, for tenure-track positions, etc)?

I am a PhD student in Economics at one of the top five universities in India. I am on the job market now, applying for postdocs pretty much anywhere in the world (as long as there are people with ...
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How to properly manage unexpected questions in screening interviews?

There are various sources in the internet in which different general questions one may encounter in screening interviews are reviewed. However, sometimes an applicant may face with some questions ...
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Once tenured, is a faculty member guaranteed a minimum salary?

Tenure protects a faculty member's job from many threats; however, does it also generally guarantee a minimum salary? I am especially curious about fields, such as engineering, where there may be an ...
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Negotiating postdoc offer deadline while waiting for tenure track interview

I'm a PhD candidate who applied to a mix of postdocs and tenure track assistant professor positions. I've received an offer for a postdoc fellowship (2-3 year institutional training fellowship) that ...
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First round interview - tenure track

I have applied to several tenure track positions and I have gotten a couple of emails saying that I passed the initial round of review and that my application will now undergo a more detailed review ...
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Sociology PhD : what are the prospects of landing a job within academia? [closed]

What are the job prospects, like the likelihood of becoming a university professor, for people who pursue a Ph.D. in sociology in North America?
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What is "star rating" of a publication?

As a part of a (UK) lecturer position, one reads as follows. Innovation and impact: Examples of Innovation and Impact would be: Contribution to knowledge Publication (please state star rating), ...
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How important is the PhD school reputation in securing a faculty position? [duplicate]

New assistant professors and selection committee members, based on your experience how important is the reputation of the PhD school in selecting a candidate for a tenure track faculty position? Can ...
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Is it practically possible to rise to the highest ranks of academia in STEM in the US system after finishing a PhD at 34? [closed]

I am about to finish my Ph.D. at the ripe old age of 34. I plan to stay on and try to become a part of the faculty at a university. Considering the time it takes, not to mention the competition ...
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When do new faculty find out about their teaching assignment? [closed]

I'm joining a US university as a tenure-track assistant professor in January. I was previously told that I will teach 1 undergraduate course in the spring semester which will start in the 2nd week of ...
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Higher academic age and faculty applications

I am senior Postdoc in pure math about 7-8 years past the PhD. I am currently in a European country where it is not unusual to spend many years as a Postdoc and get hired on a tenured Professorship. I ...
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tt Assistant Professor position in math at a smaller university or liberal arts college [closed]

I have some questions on the prospects to get a tt Assistant Professor position in math at a smaller university or liberal arts college in the US as a foreigner. I am from a european country and on ...
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Academic cover letter: My communications with department chair

I am going to apply for a university-wide position and have already communicated with my target department. The department chair liked my CV and research a lot and strongly suggested I should apply ...
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On the request to see the content of the recommendation letters which are issued to support my tenure-track applications

I am applying for a tenure-track position in a university located in California. While sending the auto-request emails to my recommenders, I just noted that the following information is automatically ...
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On the "pedagogical practices, observations, and advances" in an academic job application?

As a part the required statement of teaching associated with an academic job application, I need to explain my "pedagogical practices, observations, and advances". I searched a bit and ...
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Being asked to start teaching before being employed as a new faculty

I'm going to join a US university as a teaching-focused faculty. My official starting is set to be January 4th and, at that university, classes start in the same week, and I will be teaching 2 courses ...
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Does the new law "zur Stärkung der Berliner Wissenschaft" make postdocs in Berlin de facto permanent?

In the German city-state of Berlin, a new law titled Gesetz zur Stärkung der Berliner Wissenschaft (law to strengthen Berlin science) was passed. One of the changes has been described as tenure track ...
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How can a professor avoid becoming a manager?

My former postdoc has a new position at an R1 as an Assistant Professor. He is horrified at something I myself once struggled with: he is discovering that his job is a form of management. The ...
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Can I share my peers' class visit reports with the hiring committee?

I am currently a TT faculty at school A and I am applying to school B. I have my peers' letters from their annual class visits at school A. Can I share them with the hiring committee while applying to ...
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How to convey confidentiality to the hiring committee? [duplicate]

I will be applying for TT jobs and I am currently working as a TT faculty. How should you express in your cover letter that you want to keep your job search confidential from your current colleagues? ...
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How can I find the number of applicants per tenure-track position in Canada?

There are some anecdotal accounts of number of applicants per tenure-track position in the U.S., but I haven't been able to find anything for Canada. Kinds of information that would be helpful: ...
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Adding Start-up package and yearly funding to CV?

I am an assistant professor at an Institution that provided me with a continuous yearly funding plus a start-up funding package. The values are substantial. Is it common practice to add these values ...
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Does tenure generally account for extended research in a different field?

I am a working professional in India looking towards a career in research and thus interested in academia. However, apart from having a definite field of interest that motivates my direction in ...
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Choosing my "best works" for a tenure-track application

My question is related to this one, but is more specific (and has no answer there). I am a postdoc in mathematics, applying for tenure-track jobs for the first time. Some departments ask me to ...
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References for a tenure track position

I am going to apply for a position as assistant professor (anthropology) and I have a question regarding the references I have to present. Should they all be from professors? One of my references is a ...
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