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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Should a graduating doctoral student “care” about his or her advisor's tenure considerations?

I am a doctoral student in a large state university in the eastern US. I'm in my final year of work and will likely defend my dissertation shortly. I already have a job in "industry" (i.e. non-...
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Are all permanent positions “tenure-track”? [closed]

I was offered a permanent position as a "senior researcher" in Europe without teaching responsibilities. As some of you may know, the term "tenure" is getting more and more popular in Europe. "Can ...
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How do I get feedback after a failed tenure-track job search?

This year I went on the job market early (one year before the end of my postdoc). I applied selectively but to about 30-40 positions across a few countries. I had one campus interview. After the ...
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Defer TT start date before offer

I'm currently halfway though my interviews for tenure-track computer science faculty positions in the US. I've been offered a really great postdoc opportunity. I want to take up the postdoc and defer ...
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Books/resources for new faculty [closed]

I recently accepted a TT asst prof position in computer science at an elite SLAC in the US. During my job search I perused Karen Kelsky's book "The Professor is In", and I found it very valuable, ...
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How to approach negotiating the start date of a tenure-track position?

A few days ago I got an offer (yay!) from a US school. I have about another week before they want a decision. Over the last few days I have been tallying up costs for start up. When should I start ...
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How does a professor lose their tenure over a sex scandal which he was not involved in?

The Michigan State University (MSU) has moved to fire the medical school dean for the actions of the child molester / doctor, Larry Nassar. Why does that happen in academia? I'm interested in ...
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Benefits of being a guest editor of a journal?

In recent months, I've begun receiving invitations to serve as a "guest editor" for various journals from publishers I've worked with in the past that I believe are reputable. I recognize that there'...
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Tenure Track Positions

What is the difficulty of landing a tenure track professorship at a top 25 program nowadays? I am considering pursuing a PhD in mathematics (thinking applied or computational) and curious on what the ...
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Do I have a chance at an academic career in North America or Europe? [closed]

I am a 46 year old former journalist who graduated with an Masters in Global Studies in 2008. After that, I decided to do a PhD, after working for an year. A dysfunctional program, personal issues, ...
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Giving tenure if you know the faculty member is leaving

We had a tenure track professor announce she was leaving at the start of the academic year. Documented in faculty meeting minutes. Job posting appeared shortly thereafter. Candidates brought in and ...
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Welcoming collaboration in a cover letter

Let's assume you are writing a cover letter for a tenure-track position in the US in computer science. In the cover letter, you would like to express your affinity to potential research areas and your ...
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How to address the recruiting committee in a cover letter in case the recepient is not an individual to the best of your knowledge?

Specializing the question Who to address on the cover letter?, let's assume that you apply for a tenure-track position in the US in computer science, that the job announcement has no particular ...
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Accepting a postdoc position (in a different field) after industry [closed]

After a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (focus on Imaging and Robotics) with a decent publication record and some prestigious fellowships, I took on an industry research position at a well-known company,...
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Does it look bad to go to a campus interview at one university after accepting a TT position at another university?

I currently accepted a TT position in a Canadian university (let's call it "Univ. A"). I have now a on campus interview (again for TT position) at a more prestigious US university (call it "Univ. B"). ...
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How is the applicant's bringing attention to his/her own application viewed if you know nothing about him/her?

Let us assume that a postdoc is applying for a tenure-track faculty position in computer science in an English- or German-speaking country. After submitting the application, the postdoc contacted ...
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Is translation of certificates for professorship positions required?

The job websites of some US universities ask to upload a doctoral certificate for assistant professor positions in Computer Science. My doctoral certificate is not in English. IMHO, a quick look on ...
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Turning down an accepted tenure track for a better one?

Nota: This question specifically scopes the issue in an academic context. Context I am currently on the job market for a tenure track. I assert I should get a position in a bottom-of-the-first-tier ...
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People with multiple PhDs and People teach in different departments

Is it allowed for people to obtain multiple PhDs at different stages of their career? I am thinking of Phys and Bio. Then regardless of that, is it allowed to teach in different departments at one or ...
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Large, non-random proportion of students not invited for evaluation of a course

In the (not so distant) past I have received the student evaluations for my course. The evaluation was mediocre, something that surprised me since I thought I had good connection with the students ...
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The position I applied for was advertised as Associate Professor with Tenure, but now they’re saying it’s tenure-track Associate Professor

I am an associate professor, who has received tenure in the US in 2014. After receiving tenure, I moved to Europe to help my family with some health issues, and found an associate professor position ...
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Applying for a postdoc with degree from different fields

I have a master and bachelor degree in Aerospace engineering. Master degree was from the most prestigious institute in my country (India). Then I moved on to my Ph.D., but this time into a different ...
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Accepting a tenure track position if I know I won’t stay till tenure [duplicate]

I am currently a fixed-term faculty, with the hopes of a tenure-track position somewhere. The last two years I’ve bounced between fixed-term position, both in at least reasonable long-distance driving ...
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Applying twice for the same position

I applied for a tenure-track assistant professorship position in computer science (CS) in the US. The particular opening announcement was broad, non-specific to the subarea. In my application, I ...
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Welcoming certain groups to apply [duplicate]

I am applying for jobs and certain job postings specifically "welcome applications from" certain groups that "contribute to diversification." I am in one of these groups that they state, but you ...
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I am non-tenured and have been offered a tenure-track position at my current university, but I don't want to stay here long term. What should I do?

I work at a midwestern university in a very small department in a specialised field in the Humanities. I've been working here as a non-tenure track assistant professor, and have been offered a TT ...
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Are Assistant professorships with no starting packages/benefits and high teaching load considered normal?

I am asking this question because I simply do not know. The story is that some department (northern continental Europe for what is worth) is (unofficially for the moment) negotiating an Assistant ...
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How long are “brief statements of research and teaching interests”?

I'm applying for a computer science tenure-track assistant-professor position in the U.S. Some job announcements ask for brief statements of research and teaching interests. How long is this "brief" ...
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What happens if you don't get tenure?

I've heard different takes on what the convention is when an Assistant or Associate Professor does not achieve tenure. Can you just remain at your existing position and continue to teach and conduct ...
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Applying for both assistant and associate professor position at the same university

I'm an established, normal, non-stellar postdoc in computer science, several years after my PhD defense, and am going now for higher-rank academic positions. A particular university in the US offers ...
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external grant on application for SLAC/PUI

I am looking for tenure track faculty position in a hard science field at 4 year colleges. Recently a grant application, which I worked on as a postdoc, was successfully accepted. I am not a PI but ...
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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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How much is the scale of startup packages in the UK universities?

I've been offered a tenure-track position (organic chemistry) in Cornell University and I was able to negotiate a startup package of close to $1 million. I've just been invited for an interview for a ...
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Measuring Teaching Effectivness

I'm a tenure track professor in computer science at a teaching-oriented university. I still have a number of years before I go up for tenure, but want to start preparing early. One of the metrics I ...
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Choosing between PhD students or postdocs as a lecturer

I have been appointed as a lecturer in a UK university. For establishing my lab, the department head offered two fully-funded PhD students (research programme) or two postdocs. I am struggling with ...
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Referee reports I have written in tenure packet?

I’m currently preparing a tenure packet. I have reviewed a few papers for journals in the last few years. I am wondering how I should include this activity. Certainly I will be including evidence of ...
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How to handle severe illness in promotion and tenure reports?

I have been suffering from a chronic, progressive disease the last few years, but during this past spring semester, it advanced much more rapidly, leading to massive declines in both my physical and ...
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How can I quickly prepare an application for a tenure-track assistant-professor position?

I am a postdoc applying for a research-level tenure-track assistant-professor position in 1st-world English-speaking or German-speaking countries. The area is Computer Science. The Web is full of ...
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Advice about job applications in the US (mathematics)

I did my Phd in mathematics in Europe and am at the end of my second year of postdoc in Europe too. I plan to apply for jobs in the US in the fall (ideally tenure track, but I wouldn't mind too much ...
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Strategy for revealing pregnancy to new department/department chair

I am a new tenure-track assistant professor who is expecting a baby in January (just after spring semester starts). I will be arriving on campus in the next couple of weeks and need to tell my ...
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Do ACS and RSC journals have identical credit in a tenure-track application?

I am a postdoc in chemistry and have published 15 papers in RSC journals. I hope to publish about 8 papers during the next year and then apply for a tenure-track position in the US. My group leader ...
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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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Why do math/physics professors publish textbooks? [duplicate]

Does it help their tenure case to write an expository textbook? I'd be surprised if it does, seeing as writing a textbook on, say, quantum mechanics, is not original scholarly work. So why would a ...
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Why are tenure-track professors hired on the basis of their research when they spend most of their time teaching?

I was just looking at a different post that cites National Center for Educational Statistics about how professors of all levels spend their time. I am actually doing some research on faculty hiring ...
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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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Time between on campus interview and tenure track job offer [closed]

I would like to know how much time it can take for a department to make an offer after an on-campus interview for a tenure track assistant professor position? In my field the on-campus interview is ...
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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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The importance of credentials in pursuing an academic career in pure mathematics

I would like to get some information and opinions of how the prestige of your so-called "credentials" helps or hurts in getting an academic job. I'm interested in this with respect to pure mathematics ...
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What to do when you are a finalist for a tenure-track position but you want to wait until you complete interviews at other schools?

I visited a school for a tenure track position and the chair informed me that I am a finalist for that position. While, I still have interviews at other schools remaining, other candidates seem to ...
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Funding opportunities for Computer Scientist Faculty in Canada

I have been offered a faculty position at a computer science department of a small Canadian University. Is there a funding agency in Canada that is commonly targeted by Computer Scientists similar ...