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What reference from current insitution is required/advisable for pre-tenure move?

I am interviewing for a tenure-track position in the United States. I am currently a tenure-track faculty member at another US university. In my cover letter, I stated that I wished to keep my search ...
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Letter of recommendation before Skype interview

I recently applied for a tenure-track faculty position. The recommendation letters were not requested when I applied. After 2-3 weeks, I got an email that my referees should send them the letters and ...
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Obtaining Letter of Support from Colleagues External to University for P&T

I am planning to apply for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor this Fall 2018. In our institution, it is not required to obtain the external letter of support for the application towards ...
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Tenure-track reference letters: previous supervisors versus outsiders

I remember reading in The Professor Is In that the tenure-track references should be from external members, not only your past advisors/supervisors. That book is written aimed at social sciences, ...
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Choosing between two good reference letters providers

I am in the process of applying to tenure-track assistant-professorships positions in my home country. Some institutions request no more then 3 reference letters. Two letters I will have from my ...
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Job prospects in case of an unwelcoming mentor

A friend of mine, let's call him Jim, is a postdoc in Germany. Jim's contract is ending soon, and he talks to me often about this issue, so I decided to ask here. (Perhaps, this community can provide ...
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Examples/anatomy of good tenure track recommendation letters

I'm wondering if anyone has a link to some (obviously anonymized) tenure-track recommendation letters. I'm in the processing of putting together some applications and I've been curious to know what a ...
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Tenure-track application - Number of recommendation letters

This question is mostly aimed at mathematicians, since I am currently in the job market for tenure-track positions in pure mathematics. Usually most of the job adverts say "three letters of ...
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Is it common not be able to use tenured department colleagues to write letters of support for tenure?

I am up for tenure at a US university. It is a regional comprehensive 4-year primarily undergraduate university; it's mostly teaching school but has 10-15% graduate students. I am allowed a maximum ...
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Is it common to seek outside letters for the third-year renewal of an assistant professor?

I often write promotion letters for faculty going up for tenure or promotion to full professor. For those who are unaware, this involves reviewing a candidate's entire portfolio including research ...
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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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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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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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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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In a tenure-track position application; Is it appropriate to ask for recommendation letter from a professor for whom I only served as a TA?

When applying for a tenure-track academic position in the US right after my PhD (in the US too), is it a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation from a professor in my graduate school with ...