Questions tagged [tenure-track]

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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What ratio of PhD graduates in STEM fields ultimately end up as (tenured) professors?

I recently saw this infogram circling around various social networks: It appeared in this Tweet with the following claim: Got a PhD? Your chance of becoming a Professor is 0.45%. Good luck. Being ...
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In practice, how secure is a tenured position in the US?

Coming from France, where any official academic position (i.e. associate professor or full professor, or equivalent positions at public research institutes) is a civil-servant one, and therefore ...
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Is it more difficult to score a Tenure Track position in the US when applying from outside?

I am currently located in central Europe. When I was hunting for an assistant professor position some months ago, I was also planning to apply to some US institutions for Tenure Track positions. ...
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If tenured staff are virtually unsackable, why is the drive to find funding so strong?

Tenured staff are virtually impossible to fire, why is the urge to find funding so strong? For post-docs and other untentured scientific staff I can understand, for their job depends on it. For a ...
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What percent of assistant professors generally receive tenure, and how does this percent vary depending on both school and field?

Are new assistant professors more likely to receive tenure in an expanding field, like biology? And are they less likely (percentage-wise) to receive tenure at elite schools?
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What should I ask deans during my interview?

I managed to snag my first interview for a tenure-track assistant professor job. As I had heard, the itinerary seems somewhat gruelling. What caught my eye in particular are three 45min-1hr meetings ...
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What can I do as a graduate student to maximize my chances of obtaining a professorship?

I've already completed my first grueling year of the PhD program, and graduation is still a yet to be seen light at the end of the tunnel. I'm very sure that academia is for me, and I really want to ...
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What are the negative consequences of slacking off after attaining tenure?

As I was thinking about the question Can I slack off and get a PhD?, I realized that I wanted to say in my answer If you want to slack off, the best time to do so is after you have received ...
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Advisor publishing students' work as sole author - ethics and motivation

This is a question about my advisor (supervisor, professor) in a lab, where I am a graduate research assistant, and had done research together with a PhD student, as a part of his dissertation. The ...
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Evaluating and negotiating a start-up package

I've been offered an academic position, and am now in the fortunate, but unfamiliar position of negotiating the offer. I've seen a few blogs/comments/posts on this process. However, I have no real ...
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How to negotiate multiple tenure-track offers

I'm in the lucky situation that I received 2 offers for tenure-track positions within days of each other from institutions A and B. Either one of the institutions would be a good fit. So far, neither ...
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Will it hurt you to leave a tenure track position (for another) after one year?

I'm a new assistant professor in my first year of my first tenure track position. For several reasons, I am seriously doubting whether my current position is a good fit and am considering applying ...
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Should I apply to tenure-track positions if I'm fairly certain I won't be staying?

I hope to receive my PhD in Mathematics in May of 2015, so I am currently applying for jobs. Due to life circumstances, I'm fairly certain that I will only be staying at my next position for about 2 ...
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What is the promotion rate of professors in United States?

I'm writing an essay, and want to know the promotion rate and average duration from assistant professor to associate professor and associate professor to professor in recent years. Sadly I don't know ...
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What “Applicant Confidential Data Form” has to do with tenure-track positions?

The data collected using "Applicant Confidential Data Form" will be used by US-based universities to monitor University’s Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Programs as required by the US ...
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Proper “notice period” for resigning a tenure track position?

My apologies in advance if this is a duplicate. I did search a bit about this before posting here. This is related to my previous posts so, briefly: I want to leave my current position and I have ...
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What is a better point in an academic career to move to the U.S.: as an assistant professor or after tenure?

I am starting my second academic year as an assistant professor at a university in Europe. I'd like to move back to the US at some point in the near future. If I stay at my current university for 2 or ...
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I'm feeling discouraged after getting tenure; should I quit?

A few months ago, and seven years after I obtained my PhD, I finally got tenure. Hence I have a permanent position in academia. After a few months in this new position, I find myself thinking of ...
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What lessons have you learned over the years as a TENURED FULL Professor that you wish somebody had told you when you started as an Assistant Prof?

As a Tenured Full Professor and given your long experience in Academia, what valuable lessons have you learned over the years that you wish somebody had shared with you earlier when you started as an ...
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How to deal with unavoidable failure in my first year of tenure-track applications?

I got my PhD recently. I applied to many tenure-track positions and got selected for several onsite job interviews. Yay. However I have actually been told in no uncertain terms by several trusted ...
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What is the real benefit of tenured positions for universities?

People are interested in tenured positions to have a secured job, as they do not need to worry about their contracts. Tenured position gives a professor security that s/he cannot get fired easily (e.g....
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Should I give an overview of my research program at the beginning or at the end of my job talk?

I am preparing to give a job talk for an on-campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position. In many of the job talks I have attended, candidates will spend 40 minutes talking in ...
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What to do after being denied tenure?

What do you do if after 6 years of being an assistant professor, you come up for, and are denied tenure? How hard is it to get a job in industry, when you are middle aged and have no relevant work ...
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What percentage of phds in math actually get a tenure track academic job?

I'm interested in knowing what percentage of math phds actually succeed in landing a tenure track academic job? Also, does a phd from AMS Group 1 guarantees you an academic job in top universities? ...
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What do I need to include in a tenure-track assistant professor job application cover letter?

I am currently applying for tenure-track assistant professor jobs. One of the positions requires me to submit a cover letter, in addition to a CV, research statement, and teaching statement. (The ...
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What is the recommended option for a faculty applicant after accepting an offer and getting another better offer?

As universities provide short deadlines for faculty position offers, applicants can accept an offer-1 (verbally or by signing a contract) and which is not the best. What is the recommended option if a ...
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Job search when coming up for tenure

I notice that coming up for tenure/getting tenure is often an opportunity to move to another institution (even if tenure is granted). How does this work in practice? Is it common for assistant ...
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How do universities deal with loss in productivity post tenure?

A tenure from a good university is generally considered to be the pinnacle of academic achievements. It is packed with so many benefits that it is easy to lose direction in one's research career post ...
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What differences should an early career UK academic expect when moving to Australia (e.g., research culture, funding opportunities)?

I'm currently a Lecturer in Computer Science at a (medium ranked) institution in the UK and I've been given the opportunity to join one of the (top ranked) universities in Australia. While I do ...
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1.5 years later, how to make sure unprofessional behaviour by former mentor has consequences?

I was a post doc at a large US university for a year and after took another postdoc position in my home country. My mentor was a tenure track assistant professor. It pretty soon became clear that ...
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Post tenure job search in the humantities: a waste of time?

I've searched many forums and websites and I am hoping to find a more direct answer to my question. I am a tenured, associate professor of humanities at a SLAC (yes, I do appreciate this). My family ...
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What should I state for “expected salary” in a tenure-track job application?

I am applying to a tenure-track assistant professor job in an applied math department, for which the job posting states Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application. ...
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Is it ethical to approach a professor asking for a (unadvertised) postdoc position?

Some postdoc positions are formally advertised. Arguably, even more exist on a "gray market" - they are not advertised, and a person seeking a postdoc is supposed to contact a professor directly. ...
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Do Australian academic jobs have similar tenure track policies as USA?

Is the Australian academia following the same system as the US one? i.e., tenure track for a few years, and then tenured? Or it is more like the British one where there is 'probation' period?
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How frequently do pre-tenured assistant professors switch institutions?

It's interview season. I've noticed that many of the applicants in this round are already assistant professors at other institutions. Is there any known number or record on how frequently (let's say, ...
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is it good for academic path if I publish too many papers in arxiv

Currently, I am a PhD student from material science and I wish to become a TT professor in the future. When submitting papers, we see an option to submit it in arxiv and it seems to me that the ...
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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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What is the difference between permanent faculty positions in the UK and tenured faculty positions in the US/Canada?

Is there any technical as well as practical differences between the two academic positions, one being a permanent faculty position in the UK (or Australia/NZ and other similar systems) and the other ...
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Are there tenure track academic jobs where teaching and research are given equal importance?

I have asked my advisers this question recently (since in a year or so, I expect to go on the job market) and received a variety of answers, specific to the USA. Very generally, as I understand, with ...
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Early Career Publishing strategies? (Keep publications to a minimum before tenure-track job?)

I read that whatever you publish before beginning a tenure-track job does not count towards tenure, so it might be wise to wait with those publications until a tenure-track position is reached. (I ...
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How to balance previous works and current idea in a research plan?

I am writing a research plan for a tenure-track position. I wrote a 5 pages of three sub-plans based on my previous successful works. 50% of each sub-plan is about my previous works, and 50% is about ...
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How does having baby affect tenure track offer or tenure track success?

I am a PhD candidate with one child (18 months) and one year left in the PhD. My husband and I want at least one more child. I am trying to learn about the relative pros and cons of having a child ...
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What leads to contentious tenure cases and can they be avoided?

After hearing about an incredibly contentious tenure case at my alma mater and several other contentious ones, I'm curious to hear how such issues come to be. Some issues that seem to be at play: ...
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Balancing an internet startup and a tenure track professorship

What should do or consider to simultaneously succeed at my new professorship and my internet startup? I am starting a tenure track professorship in the fall. I am also on the team of an internet ...
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How important is number of publications and prestige of the publication outlets for getting a tenure-track job?

More generally, what are the most important factors for getting a tenure-track job?
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Just got tenured and promoted, but need to move for family reasons

I just got tenured and promoted to an associate professor, the contract for which will start from Fall this year. However, my partner, who is also in academia just accepted an position in another city ...
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Will professors get dismissed for not actively doing research?

According to Wikipedia: A tenured professor or curator has an appointment that lasts until retirement age, except for dismissal with just cause. A common justification for existence of such a ...
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Pros and cons of (co-)authoring a reference book in early career?

I am early in a tenure-track position. I undertook with a publisher to write a reference book a while back and with a light load to start with in my new position, I recently agreed to set a deadline ...
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Publishing academic research in more than one field

I have an important question, so please try to answer it precisely and carefully as possible. If I want a career in one field in academia, would it be inadvisable to publish some other academic ...
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What is the importance of postdoctoral teaching experience for US tenure-track jobs?

I'm a math Ph.D student in the US who has just accepted a four year postdoc--NSF postdoc at a US school interrupted by a year in Europe. For better or for worse, I am only slated to teach for two ...