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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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How do I go about negotiating an academic job offer?

There are many questions on this site that deal with what can be negotiated once one has received an academic job offer. However, I cannot find anything addressing the mechanics of when and how to ...
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Tenure and tenure denial rates by universities

Is there a way or website to find the tenure and tenure denial rates by universities and departments? I heard from some faculty that the tenure rate at X university is Y%, so I wonder if there is a ...
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Effect of duration taken to get phd degree when applying to faculty positions?

In my university, PhD students usually talk 3 years to finish their thesis and got PhD. However, I worked very hard, and I finish all courses required and my thesis and I can get my PhD within two ...
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Maximum number of recommendation letters for assistant professor position

I am applying for faculty positions as assistant professor. I have two questions regarding recommendation letters. (1) Is there is a limit for the number of references? For me, I have many research ...
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How many courses should I discuss in an academic video interview?

One of the questions some academic hiring committees sometimes ask job candidates during the interview process is, "What courses would you like to develop and teach?" How should a candidate respond ...
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In mathematics, is it a problem if all research is joint with senior co-authors?

If a mathematics postdoc's publications are all co-authored with established senior co-authors (e.g. advisors), could it be a problem when applying for tenure-track jobs? I wonder in particular if ...
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Is it okay to write a cover letter with one more page

I have written a cover letter for faculty positions. I read that it need to be one page. However, mine is one page and half since i have many experience including industry and research. Is that okay?
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Should I be worried about the fact that I will be too old for applying for tenure track positions by the time I complete postdoc?

I am 30 years old. I have spent 4 yrs in undergrad, 2 in masters and 5 in PhD with half a year of work experience in between. I have just finished my PhD and will start with a postdoc position early ...
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Becoming professor and showing autonomy - when to exclude supervising professor from co-authorship

Following common scenario: You wrote a proposal for a larger several million € research project with several university partners after your PhD, the project got funded and you are the project manager,...
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Academic life in China [closed]

I was offered a tenure track assistant professor position in China. However, I am not familiar with the admin culture and academic environment of China. Is it difficult to cope with the university ...
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Do schools/universities in EU prefer to appoint PhD graduates as teachers from their own student pools?

As far as I understand, EU schools have high regards for PhDs from anglosphere, especially from USA and UK. But, what about schools in EU itself? Suppose, an International student, (1) has a ...
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How long outside academia without publishing is too long?

I finished a PhD in Earth Science 10 months ago and now work as a software engineer. I haven’t done any research or published in these 10 months. Is it too late for me to go for a postdoc and have a ...
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What is the average age of first tenure track positions in the Physics in the US?

On average, in physics departments in the US, at what age do people get their first tenure track positions? What about associate professor and full professor? Update: Several commenters have asked ...
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What is this 'tenure track' thing really about?

I'm planning to apply for PhD programs in Engineering in the US this fall. If I get in then, following the PhD program, I will most likely end up going back into Industry (hopefully landing a higher-...
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My department is splitting. Should I be on one side or get a joint appointment?

I am a tenure track assistant professor in the "Department of X and Y" which is a single department for now. Though my PhD is in X only, I now teach classes in both areas. My research is mostly in ...
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Self studied courses during my PhD. How to fill the relevant courses section in the CV?

My PhD thesis is on numerical modeling using finite element methods and non-linear continuum mechanics. My university did not offer these courses during the first two years of my PhD. So, I had to ...
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Importance of the current postdoc advisor's letter in TT job search

I have strong publication record in my Ph.D. and 1st Postdoc that went for two years. Got 4 TT interview calls before last year.. but not successful in any. Last year did not apply, but this year, ...
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Engineering Ph.D. from another country searching TT position in US

I had my complete education up to Ph.D. in Engineering in a country on the other side of the planet. However, I did a postdoc at a tier 1 US university for two years and then went back to my country, ...
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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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Necessity of tenure for lifetime academic research

For context, I've been a postdoc in computer science for about 3 years. I recently wrote a grant and was awarded a fellowship for 2 years. I've heard from multiple sources that if I don't get a ...
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How do some PhD students get 10+ papers? Is that what I need for landing good faculty position?

I've been looking up some PhD students' websites, and there are people who somehow got 10~30+ total papers with 5~10+ first author papers. Many such students are in computer science, but there are a ...
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Moving from a R2 university to a R1 university

I am currently negotiating a TT position with a R2 university. This is my first faculty job offer after 4 years of postdoc experience in ecology and biogeochemistry related area. My long-term goal is ...
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How to gauge how professional/formal to dress for a tenure track interview [closed]

Departments vary a lot by discipline when it comes to what is acceptable attire for men and women both on a day to day basis and at interviews. Some demand a suit, while this would be ostentatious at ...
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A way of getting tenure for a non-creative person

Suppose there is Al and Bob. Al is a frustrated graduate student who is lacking in the creative department and can not establish any new results in his field. He has some trivialities in the thesis ...
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Personal contribution in N-author articles vs single author articles

In a given field there are essentially two types of articles, N-author articles and single author articles. Related to this fact, I wonder how a committee when evaluating someone for a tenure ...
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What “soft-skills” does one need to succeed as a mathematician?

My question is about "soft-skills", i.e. knowing how to handle Latex, giving a speech or giving a lecture, or other knowledge that could be useful for a career in mathematics. Skills that (all) ...
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Does a full professorship necessarily imply tenure in American Universities?

I'm having some trouble parsing the implications of all the job titles that get thrown around in academia. Does someone whose job title is just "Professor" necessarily have tenure, or are there ...
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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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What happens when departmental tenure and promotion committee falsifies the record? [closed]

The department I work in has been dysfunctional, and there is a history of reversals of decisions where both yes and no votes were overturned by the university level committee. Very recently, a ...
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Consequences for a tenured person of not getting grants [duplicate]

As far as I heard in (some of) the universities a person having a tenure track position who fails to get grants may not get tenure. I am wondering what might be consequences of not getting grants ...
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Motivation letter for tenure track position

A tenure track position I'm applying to (Netherlands) asks for a "motivation letter" in addition to the research statement. It doesn't give any details about what it should contain. Therefore my ...
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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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Chances of landing a post doc (Banach Space Theory) and tenure track position? [closed]

Currently I am a 2nd year PhD student in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. My research interest lies in functional analysis, particularly Banach Space Theory. I would like to know what are ...
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How do I look for/solicit a move to another university pre-tenure?

I am considering a move to another institution, two years out from tenure. I do have a strong case, but the department has changed in ways that may mean better prospects elsewhere. I am not 100% set ...
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Pre-tenure strategies to spend less time on bureaucracy, and more on research

In the past year, as faculty, I have spent 33% of my time on paperwork and bureaucratic activities. This does not include service (committees,department meetings, etc), and is after hiring a full time ...
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University's motivation for having tenure-track positions

Suppose I used to hold a tenure-track math position at a R1 institution, but then I was denied tenure. Assume I do not care about job security (and never cared) and I would be more than happy to keep ...
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How did you or your advisor’s behavior change after obtaining tenure

I am curious (if you are a professor) how you changed consciously or unconsciously after obtaining tenure and (if you are a student) how did your advisor change and did that affect you?
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Are the number of citations and number of published articles the most important criteria for a tenure promotion?

Recently I had a conversation with a very well known scientist in my working field about the most important indicators to get a tenured academic position. This person is 80 years old and has been a ...
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whether to make a tenure track faculty job talk interactive

Is it appropriate to give a tenure track faculty job talk in an interactive way, like posing some questions, asking for audience opinions?
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No vote from department, up vote from university level committee. What does this mean?

I am an assistant professor who went up for tenure, got a negative vote in my department and then a positive vote at the university level committee. I have asked a number of people who have been in ...
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How to deal with sexual harassment by a senior colleague without jeopardizing my tenure case?

I apologize in advance that I cannot write about details, as they contain identifying information about the senior colleague in question. The low-down is that I am a tenure-track professor at a US ...
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Common for department guidelines/traditions to require tenure track academics rotate courses? [closed]

In the context of academics in research universities on their tenure track; how common is it for their promotion and tenure to be conditioned upon how many courses they have taught? Is it more or ...
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Postdoc vs Assistant Prof - which is better for a career academic?

All questions are hypothetical as of now. I work in the health / biomedical sciences. I have been a postdoc for about 2.5 years and had to leave the postdoc after the lab closed. I have been ...
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Additional pre-tenure review requested [closed]

I teach at a small liberal arts college in the midwest, and am two years through a four year tenure clock (I came in with two years of constructive credit). After my recent pre-tenure review, the ...
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On-campus interview: Faculty exit interview

I am going to do an on-campus interview and one of the items (the last one on my last day) is "Exit interview" for one hour with 4 faculty members (search committee chair, co-chair, ...). I was ...
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Does mentoring a summer student during a postdoc help get tenure-track position?

I am interested in a tenure-track position at a university with 9 months hard money and 3 months soft money during the summer (by this I mean something between a liberal arts college and an R1 ...
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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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Is it possible to become a tenure track Assistant Professor at the same university where I did Post Doc?

I know that there is such thing as "intellectual incest" and that many universities are against hiring their own PhD graduates for their faculty positions. But what about the movement from being a ...
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I applied to tenure track positions in the US when should I hear about interviews? [closed]

I have a PhD in Chemical Engineering and have applied to a handful of tenure track positions in December/January. When can I expect to hear about possible interviews? At what point should I just move ...
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Inform the search committee of another university about your current campus interview

I applied for some places and got a campus interview from one of them. My second application, however, has remained silent and I have not heard any news yet. I email the staff who is in charge of this ...