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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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 ...
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Appropriateness of a second-authored article in external review file for tenure

I am wondering what others thought of including a second-authored article being included in an external reviewer file for tenure review in the health sciences. This is my second tenure review, since I ...
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Tenure-track offer with other applications in progress

I am an academic in computer science in Europe, just completed my Ph.D. and applied for tenure-track positions in Europe. I received a very early offer in the UK more than a month ago and the ...
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What are the chances of getting an academic position year after completion of PhD? [closed]

My situation is as follows: When I will have completed my PhD, I will not be able to immediately apply for a research position at a university, as my girlfriend will want to move to a certain city ...
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Asking if the position is tenure-track.

I recently obtained my Ph.D., and I am looking in various states for an assistant professor or instructor position. Since I will be moving to another state, I would ideally like to find a tenure-track ...
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Are (academic) job chances improved by extra-academic activities (Podcast, Popular Science Books)?

This might be a really silly question, but I am wondering whether the chances to land an academic position can be improved by extra-academic activities. Say, people who are famous in their fields, but ...
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What is (if there is one) the equivalent of the tenure-track phase in Europe?

In the US, tenure-track (TT) positions seem a common and natural step in the progression towards an academic career and quite "stable" state-wise in terms of what one might expect from them, in that ...
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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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Follow up email if you have not heard back after tenure track facutly interview

I had an academic job interview for a tenure-track faculty position in January but have not heard anything yet (March now). Should I send an email asking for the status of the application? Can anyone ...
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Statistically which fields have higher probability of Grad School acceptance? What about tenure track opportunities?

Are there any studies regarding the grad school acceptance rate of various disciplines? Moreover, are there any studies regarding grad school to tenure success rate? I'm trying to understand which ...
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Assistant professor position in the USA. Can any leftover startup money for equipment be used to pay students or my summer salary? [closed]

I got an offer for a tenure-track assistant professor position in USA, Department of Engineering. The university national ranking is between 35th and 65th at the US News website. if I will have any ...
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Startup package, for assistant professor in USA: should I ask for a an extra PhD or an extra post-doc?

I got an offer for a tenure-track assistant professor position in USA, Department of Engineering. The university national ranking is between 35th and 65th at the US News website. I was offered a ...
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An inteview with another live offer out!

I already have an offer for a TT job at another institution, but I received an inteview offer from a school I'd really like to work for. I was told (twice) that they didn't like two of their first ...
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Do medical doctors publish academic papers and write grant proposals?

I know that medical doctors affiliated with universities can teach at the medical schools as professors and write chapters in textbooks. But do medical doctors with a university affiliation also have ...
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How critical is TA experience in grad school if I want to pursue a career in academia?

I got accepted into my dream program at one of the best universities in the US, and I'll be working under an excellent, very well known advisor whose interests align very well with mine. However, ...
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Improving conditions of a tenure-track job offer

I have recently been offered a tenure-track position in a very prestigious northern European university. I am currently a lecturer in a smaller UK university but I have six years of experience between ...
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No startup funds for new tenure-track hire?

I am an internal candidate for a tenure-track position at a major university in northern Europe. I think I have an excellent chance, however I am slightly worried about negotiating a startup packages. ...
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How important is the academic reputation of a graduate school to its Ph.D students when they are looking for jobs in North America? [duplicate]

When academic committee consider an applicant for postdoc or tenure track positions, how much do they care about where the applicant got his Ph.D? Suppose two applicant have similar accomplishments in ...
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Startup funds and lab space when leaving tenure-track faculty position

I've been in a tenure-track faculty position at an R1 for just over a year. I want to leave this position for a non-academic job, but have not yet lined anything up. I haven't made a decision about ...
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Does enrollment affect tenure?

In a recent conversation with tenured CS professors, they mentioned that grad student enrollment (in their experience) tends to follow the inverse of the economy. When the economy is doing well, grad ...
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Is it normal to feel that your career comes to a halt when you achieve tenure?

My question pretty much self explains what I've been feeling since four years, when I achieved tenure. As I moved up in the academic hierarchy, from undergrad to post-doc, then tenure-track Professor ...