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 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 ...
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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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How to deal with the tenure case of a colleague who has avoided teaching the classes they were hired to teach?

I have a colleague who is coming up for tenure review shortly, and there is a problem with his teaching history. He was hired to teach classes specifically in area X, although his research is in a ...
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Does using one offer to “pressure” another school actually work?

I am applying from Europe to the U.S. for tenure-track positions. One of the advice that I heard from my colleagues is that once one offer is received, one should contact the other universities that ...
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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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How do I reassure myself that I am a worthy candidate for a tenure-track position, when department would likely have interviewed me even if I wasn't?

I am a woman currently on the market for tenure-track positions. I will not disclose my department since I think this is not relevant, and I am about to describe a particular department in detail. I ...
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How could a postdoc look competitive against a tenured professor?

I am a postdoc in mathematics (US) in the process of applying for tenure-track positions. The job market was very competitive and I only ended up with one interview so far. But I found out that for ...
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Examples/anatomy of good tenure track recommendation letters

I'm wondering if anyone has a link to some (obviously anonymized) tenure-track recommendation letters. I'm in the processing of putting together some applications and I've been curious to know what a ...
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Should I disclose gender, race, disabilities etc. in tenure track job applications?

I am applying for assistant professor positions in the U.S. and Canada, and I often have to fill in forms of voluntary self-identification disclosing my gender, race, veteran status, disabilities etc. ...
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Is it crazy to leave a tenured position for a non-tenured but tenure-tracked job?

I recently obtained tenure, and lo and behold, my dream job comes up, but it is posted at a lower level. I would have to go through the process all over again, though potentially being posted further ...
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I don't want to do research (First year tenure-track faculty)

I'm currently in my first semester as a tenure-track faculty in a small liberal arts college. I also finished my dissertation and defended about 5 months ago. While I'm grateful that I've got a tenure-...
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Is a “textbook” considered to be an academic work?

A question (mostly) for the tenured ones: Does writing a textbook count as an academic publication? I teach history, and also languages for historians. I was offered to publish a textbook of Serbian ...
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Applying for tenure-track research position and lecturer position at the same university?

there is a very good research university (actually many of them; this is mathematics in the US) that have both tenure-track assistant professor open positions and lecturer open positions. I want to ...
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Should I send letters of recommendation for a faculty job application that doesn't require them?

I am applying to a faculty position. The application announcement says they require a cover letter, CV, research statement, and teaching statement, but does not mention letters of recommendation. ...
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Transcripts required for application, but my school doesn't really have any

I'm currently in the job market for tenure-track applications in mathematics. I have seen that some of the positions ask for undergraduate or graduate transcripts (both unofficial and official). I ...
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Do tenure-track search committees using mathjobs.org receive revisions to job applications after the initial submission date?

this is a somewhat specific question aimed especially at people who have experienced in serving in tenure-track search committees that use Mathjobs.Org. Many of the job descriptions say something in ...
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Tenure-track application: how important is the area of preference?

I'm applying for tenure-track positions in mathematics in the US, and I'm seeing some ads with a specified area of preference, which says "preference will be given to the candidates in area XXX". Is ...
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CV for tenure-track application: not sure whether to include Master's thesis

I was wondering about whether I should include/mention my Master's thesis in my CV. This doesn't count as a publication, since it was not published, and it's also not an original contribution. Thus, ...
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Teaching statement: should I say something about Master's theses supervision?

I have a quick question. Is it usual to include a few lines on undergraduate/master theses supervision in a teaching statement? I see it as not really teaching in the traditional meaning of the word, ...
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Ageism in Tenure-track applications

I am applying tenure-track positions now, however I am about 10 years older than the average applicant (I worked many years in industry before PhD). I talked to 2 experienced people whom I trust. ...
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In which universities are permanent research positions common? [closed]

I would like to find information about in which universities (not research centers), is faculty hired with permanent positions, for performing mainly (more than 90% of their time) research activities.
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Is having a personal blog that addresses controversial political topics possibly damaging to an academic career? [duplicate]

I am a Ph.D student, and I've been considering for some time starting my own blog as a hobby, to write mostly on philosophical/political topics that interest me; these are definitely not related to my ...
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Tenure-track application - Number of recommendation letters

This question is mostly aimed at mathematicians, since I am currently in the job market for tenure-track positions in pure mathematics. Usually most of the job adverts say "three letters of ...
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Is it common not be able to use tenured department colleagues to write letters of support for tenure?

I am up for tenure at a US university. It is a regional comprehensive 4-year primarily undergraduate university; it's mostly teaching school but has 10-15% graduate students. I am allowed a maximum ...
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Applying for a tenure-track job at my undergraduate alma mater

I'm in the final year of my PhD program (in Applied Math, though this isn't too relevant). I made the personal decision a while back that I would only consider tenure track jobs if they happened to ...
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How do I keep my tenure track job search confidential?

I work as a research scientist for a tech company. I publish frequently in top venues in my area and, at the same time, I've been adjuncting at well-known universities to teach classes. I don't feel ...
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How do new faculty members in the UK start their career without startup grants?

I'm starting a lecturer position in Computer Science in the UK, which is roughly equivalent to a tenure-track assistant professor position. However, the department head told me that, while they do ...
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Second PhD or postdoc and their 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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What are the perks of being a tenured professor at U.S. universities, besides having academic freedom?

For instance, one of my professors went to Princeton (for his undergrad math degree) for free, because his parents are tenured faculty at Princeton. Is such a benefit available to tenured faculty at ...
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How often do Ivy League universities advertise positions at the Associate Professor level?

I've just seen a job opening at an Ivy League university, advertised as being open at either the Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (tenured) level. How common is this? Is it ...
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Do newly hired professors have to take a drug test before they start? [closed]

In U.S., Canadian and European universities do new professors have to pass a drug test before starting their career? Or is it only required when they are promoted to full-time tenure professors?
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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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Community College Math Prof. Prospect

Where can I find reliable statistics/info on the outlook of tenure math teaching jobs at the community college level? Teaching is my biggest reward, I love math, and I refuse to enter industry (but I ...
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What did a good academic job market for mathematicians look like and could it ever come back?

I'm about to enter a math PhD program at a pretty good school, but the job market for research university professors has been terrible as far as I can remember (since the late 2000s recession). I hear ...
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possibility of transfer from a fixed-term Lecturer to a continuing appointment

Recently, I have got an Lecturer position in a UK University. However, when I got the offer letter, it said that "The appointment is for a fixed-term of five years, with the possibility of subsequent ...
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How common is it to switch to a tenure-track position from a non-tenure-track position in the same institution?

I am looking for answers from the perspective of U.S. institutions. At some institutions (e.g., mine), a faculty member is allowed to switch tracks at the institution once in their career at that ...
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Taking year off after PhD and focus on research? Does it look bad?

Say I have finished my PhD and I would love to just write a few papers and do some research before getting a job at a university which will also involve teaching & administrative things. Also, ...
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Are personality clashes with other faculty a valid reason to deny tenure

Assume the tenure track faculty members has produced worthwhile and well published research, has shown potential to attract outside funding and has above average reviews for classroom instruction. Is ...
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Relative importance of journal citations compared to classroom performance by academic field

With regard to tenure decisions how drastic are the different weight placed on journal articles compared to teaching ability in the classroom? I know some in the STEM fields that seem narrowly ...
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Prob/Stats Teaching talk (tenure-track interview)

I have a tenure-track interview in a prob/stats department (my research area is quantitative finance), and part of the process is a 30-minute teaching talk: "...demonstration of how you typically ...
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Soft money tenured profs in schools of medicine

I am a PhD student focusing in psychiatric genetics, hoping to become a professor someday. It is my understanding that a lot of the PhDs in my field end up working in schools of medicine in positions ...
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Is it important to get a job at a top university? [closed]

My postdoc was very successful, and now I got a tenure-track offer in a mid-level university. My supervisor suggests if I stay with him for one more years or two, I might be able to get a tenure track ...
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What's the point of maintaining a CV after tenure?

Once you have tenure, presumably you're never going to have to search for a job again. However almost all professors have a CV on their website, and fairly recent ones. Why? They already made it.
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What's the point in hiring assistant professors instead of more experienced professors?

I wonder what the upsides are of hiring assistant professors instead of more experienced professors. I am mostly interested in US universities and computer science departments.
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How to manage relationship with post-doc supervisor when applying for a tenure-track position one year before post-doc ends?

I currently hold a post-doctoral position in the UK, which is 3 years long, and I am in my second year. I am wondering how bad would it look for my employer if I apply for a lectureship post that I ...
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Is it ok for PhD to come from same school as BA?

If my ultimate goal is to obtain a tenured teaching position, is it more desirable to get a PhD from a different university than the one where I obtained my BA? What are the possible pros and cons? ...
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Can publications on research conducted before I started my tenure-track position count towards tenure? Do they need to have my new affiliation?

I am joining a new school as a TT Assistant Professor soon and I know I will be on the 'tenure clock' and have to publish manuscripts in certain prestigious journals. I have two pending publications ...