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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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How common is redundancy in the British (UK/Australia/NZ/Ireland) system?

The British permanent faculty system seems to differ from the US tenured system mainly in that in the former the management can 'fire' one on the basis of redundancy (What is the difference between ...
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Advice for an early career lecturer

For a while my career was progressing in a "normal" way for a UK researcher. I completed my PhD and secured a 2-year postdoc working in collaboration with my PhD supervisor and one of his ...
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Green card sponsorship policies and timeline for tenure track faculty

I would like to find out about "industry standards" for when, and on what timeline, US universities will sponsor applications for permanent residency (aka green card) for new tenure-track ...
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Do I take tenure track job for one year for the money?

I've been offered a TT job at a very small school: 4-4 teaching load and no research other than educational research. Poorly organized interview process and just felt lots of red flags. For example, I'...
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Tenure Track at a Small Liberal Arts College, but bad at research, how do I improve?

A lot of posts like this are from graduate students or undergraduates. I'm tenure track at a Small Liberal Arts College (SLAC) and been through a couple of postdocs, so I know what Math research is. I ...
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How do I find applied math tenure track positions at at liberal arts / four-year colleges?

I'm having difficulty isolating tenure track positions in applied mathematics at institutions with more emphasis on teaching than research. I've heard that 'liberal arts colleges' and 'four-year ...
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"The tenure-track professor plans to carry out X publications." So, what could X be here? [closed]

I signed a contract for a 6-year tenure-track professorship in a European University a few weeks ago. Recently, I received an Agreement document between me and the University, whose main objective is ...
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How do I navigate a tenure track job offer, having already accepted a 1-year postdoc offer?

if I already accepted a postdoc offer from Europe (only 1 year) and later received a tenure-track assistant professor offer from a research university in US, I do not want to lose both opportunities, ...
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background check before interviews

Is it normal to have a background check before having an on-site interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position in US?
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Second PhD or postdoc and its effects on tenure track position

I am going to finish my PhD in the Netherlands within one year. Ideally I would like to get a postdoc here. However, due to competition or other factors I might not find a postdoc position. Then, ...
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Is the "Akademischer Rat auf Zeit" (offered in Germany) equivalent to a postdoc or to an Assistant Professor?

Once I asked about the exact translation of a job title offered at a German University, and related to a 6 year long position, generally called as "habilitationsstelle", the reply was ...
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Cold calling external researchers to evaluate a manuscript for a tenure/promotion file

Suppose one is seeking external comments on the quality of one's research for a tenure/promotion file. Assume that my institution requires such a letter and my chair has advised me that "it would ...
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When do I give up on a tenured position at a T60~ math program? [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate student applying to pure math PhD programs. I have been accepted to one of the seven schools which are tied for 20th on the US News math graduate school rankings (At ...
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Convincing evidence of an assistant professor's research independence

I am back to the university that I got my PhD, as an assistant professor now. My mentor is now the department head (but not when I was a PhD student). Given that we are working on similar subjects, I ...
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Acknowledgment section in job talk presentation for a tenure-track position

For a normal research talk, people may only acknowledge collaborators in those presented projects. Is it the same in a job talk for applicants for tenure-track positions? Two considerations: I ...
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Timeline of tenure-track position in mathematics/applied mathematics

I have been applying to dozens of tenure track positions with preferred dates in Nov and Dec, but I still have not heard back from any, which is very worrying. I have been able to gauge the timelines ...
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NTT carreer paths [closed]

I am an AbD PhD Candidate in history, currently navigating the complexities of the job market. Recently, I had job talks for both a tenured track position at an R1 PUI institution in another state (...
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Why do most tenure at an institution less prestigious than the one where they began teaching, and than where they received their Ph.D? [duplicate]

Can you please elaborate on these two tendencies separately? The quotation assumes that your PhD alma mater differs from the university where you first taught. First, why less prestigious than PhD ...
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Job applications and explaining the reasons for low research output in my application. Looking for feedback and if it could be seen as an excuse? [closed]

I'm back again with what should be my final post as I truly figure out the damage caused by my horrendous Ph.D experience (the D in my Ph.D could stand for diminishing returns at this point). It is ...
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Supervising students in summer (US specific)

I have recently joined a US university on a 9-month tenure-track appointment. As I do not have any grant funding yet, my summer will be unpaid, so I pursued (and managed to get) a visiting researcher ...
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What are the pros and cons of working in a small or a large department?

If somebody has two tenure-track offers from two institutions of similar standing, with similar pay and tenure requirements, but one has a large department and one a small one, what are the pros and ...
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How can there be a a department with no full professors? Should I be wary of it when applying for tenure-track?

A certain mathematics department of a Canadian university has assistant professors, associate professors, but no (full) professors. I find this odd. The university was founded in 1980 as a "...
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Would applying for a tenure track position while I am a visiting instructor look bad to the institution and my colleagues if I am not selected?

I am a fourth year doctoral candidate in an Experimental Psychology program at an R2 and am completing a visiting instructor appointment at a small liberal arts college (SLAC) right now. I had seen ...
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I have been asked to be on a tenure evaluation committee during my sabbatical, how should I respond?

I have been asked to be an external tenure evaluator for someone I don't know. It would be my first case. Knowing myself, I am sure I will spend an unreasonable amount of time and energy to do it ...
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Applying for Associate jobs during tenure application year?

Edited for clarity: I am an assistant professor in the US. I will be applying for tenure next year and, barring something unforeseen, I expect to get it. However, I live in a state that is having (...
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How may the budget to recruit an assistant professor be a challenge (for a university) after all interviews at the decision-making time?

I've been involved in a recruitment process of a Danish institute for an STEM-based tenure-track position. I was invited to a first, a second, and a third interview in the span of only 10 days. At the ...
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What is considered a good research record for an assistant professor job (tenure-track)? [closed]

I'm a tenure-track professor in Brazil (and will receive tenure next year). However, I'm currently applying for some tenure-track jobs in USA. Currently, I'm developing my statements (research, ...
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Is it a good idea to apply for another position at the same university while awaiting tenure review?

I am a faculty member in the Science School. I have recently submitted my materials for a tenure review. During this waiting period, I've become aware of an attractive position opening in the Business ...
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Why some universities prefer to hire people with only one postdoc?

I am currently doing my first postdoc in mathematics and I noticed that when it comes to hiring for tenure-track assistant professor positions, some universities prefer to hire people with a single ...
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Masters advisors want me to become a Phd Student, but afraid he won't get tenure before I finish

I am a masters student in Computer Science in the U.S. I have been doing research with my advisor for the past year, and I really love the research area that I am doing, and been fortunate enough to ...
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Do university departments take on additional faculty members for existing lab groups?

I am coming into (hopefully) the last year of my PhD and starting to think more seriously about next steps. I am really enjoying my research, as well as several teaching assistant experiences that I ...
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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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Can I still decline an accepted counter offer before signing a contract?

I am currently in a tenure-track assistant professor (AP) position. About one month ago, I got an AP position offer from a better ranked university, with a good startup package. When I informed my ...
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No evaluations from past teaching

I am applying for tenure-track positions in the US and Canada. I did my PhD in the UK during which I ran tutorials for students for a few years. However, I never received any official feedback or ...
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Should I make room in the my cover letter for a service paragraph or can the CV take care of the service element?

I'm applying for a tenure-track job in a small humanities field at a good, well-respected university. As you might expect, the ad says that candidates should "demonstrate a strong commitment to ...
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How long does it take to hear back from the faculty hiring committee after an initial screening interview? [duplicate]

I'm currently on the hunt for a job and I applied for several tenure-track psychology faculty positions. I did initial Zoom interviews with a couple of places (15 - 30 minutes long). It's been about a ...
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The Title of Adjunct Professors in the UC System

When I was recently looking for academic positions in the US, I noticed that the actual titles of many assistant and associate professors in the University of California system are "adjunct ...
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Physics PhD Student -- Is a 7 year PhD going to hurt my career prospects in academia?

I'm a physics PhD student at a top-tier university in the US and am about to start my 4th year. The norm in my group is to finish your PhD in 6 years. However, I'm not sure if I can meet that target ...
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Applying to a tenure track job at the same school two years in a row

I am a postdoc in (applied) math. I have completed one year and have two years left on my contract. I want to stay in academia, so I'm trying to decide whether to apply for tenure track jobs this year....
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What happens when a candidate fails to get a tenure by the end of the evaluation period?

Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer (Ref. AC2023/044/01) Junior candidates should have (i) a Ph.D. degree (by the time of reporting for duty) in related fields; ...
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How to secure a faculty job at a university when the hiring committee doesn't like you for personal reasons?

I applied for an tenure-track assistant professor job at my Alma mater but got rejected. One of the professors on the searching committee later told me that I am more qualified for the job than the ...
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Why does where you got your PhD matter so much for getting an academic job?

According to one book I read, by an academic who has served on search committees, the first thing he looks for when he looks at an application is where the applicant did their PhD. The second thing is ...
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Informal meet after the application of a tenure-track position

I applied for a tenure-track position a few months ago, and I just received an email from one of the members of the search committee. They mentioned the possibility of having an informal meeting ...
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What are the typical qualifications of a competitive candidate for a physics theory tenure track position at a mid-ranked R1 institution? [closed]

I currently work in a small 4-year college and wanted to hear from people who have been part of the hiring process for tenure track faculty in mid rank R1 institues in the US. What makes a candidate ...
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Is it common for professors in The Netherlands to change institutions as they go up the ranks, or to speed up the promotion process?

I have heard that it is common for Assistant Professors or Associate Professors in The Netherlands to apply for positions at other Dutch institutions to improve their chances of promotion. Is this ...
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Does grant funding search occur before, during or after search for a faculty position?

I am nearing the end of my Ph.D. at a R1 University in the United States. My degree is geography, though the research I do focuses on public health, epidemiology, and ecology. I have 7 publications, ...
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Is it too much to create a book cover for a potential book for an interview?

I have a tenure-track assistant professor interview coming up. I am proposing a monograph and wanted to include a visual to go with it. Is it too much to include a fake book cover to show interest/...
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Supervision/mentorship norms and options for assistant professor

Currently I am an assistant professor in a research group of a field which is not my main field. I do have a group leader of course, but I only see him for my yearly performance evaluations. I do have ...
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Backing out of a signed tenure track offer due to changing legislation that alters tenure and abolishes DEI

I have a question related to potentially backing out of a tenure track faculty offer I signed. Ideally I'd love to get feedback from established faculty or others well-familiar with the black hole of ...
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In Germany, does an academic position after PhD have an age limit?

Is it true that in Germany, after PhD you are required to acquire some kind of tenure track or teaching position before a certain age? Is this the same all over Germany? Does it depend on the field? I ...

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