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 non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty be permitted to vote on tenure-track hires?

My department has several non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty in teaching-only positions. My department is also hiring at the tenure-track level this year and these non-tenured faculty are taking an ...
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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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During an application/interview should an applicant justify leaving a current faculty position (pre-tenure)?

I have been in a tenure-track position for 3 years and am going back on the job market. Would I be expected to "explain" why I am leaving, especially when it is pre-tenure? I suspect that a search ...
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How to introduce myself briefly in a get together for new faculty members?

For the new faculty orientation, there is a get together where they will ask every new faculty member of all departments to say a few words about him/her self. What are the best practices regarding ...
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How does shifting of jobs affect designation and tenure in academia?

I would like to know how job transfer of faculty members affects their designation. Will they retain their designation (Prof/Assoc/Asst.) in the new institution? Similarly if a faculty member faces ...
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What does “tenure” mean?

I often find academics with tenured bracketed beside their position. What is meant by a tenured position? Is this different from a permanent teaching position?
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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 should a tenured professor do to move to a more research oriented school?

Much is written about how to get a job, but I've seen very little about how a professor with tenure (typically an associate or full professor) goes about changing schools. If a professor wants to ...
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What is the likelihood of getting tenure?

What fraction of new assistant professors end up receiving tenure at the institution that they started at? This of course varies by field and rank, so please include the area and range of ranks you ...
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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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What does it take to get a tenure track position at an Ivy League School?

I see some professors at Ivy league schools who didn't go to Ivy league schools. I also see professors who went to Ivy League schools that end up working at mediocre universities. So clearly pedigree ...
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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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Do tenure reviews in U.S. universities usually consider the number of PhD students that a professor successfully graduates?

When it comes to the tenure review process, someone puts it like the way it's put below: The tenure review process is designed to determine whether someone has "the ability to do their job." The ...
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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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Should someone who wants tenure (or a research position) have hobbies totally unrelated to their work?

Or in Sean Carroll's words, is it true that "you are better off if your hobbies are nothing like your work"? Carroll, Sean. "How To Get Tenure at a Major Research University: Cosmic Variance." ...
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Who determines whether or not a professor receives tenure?

Does the department determine it, or does the president determine tenure after the department recommends it? Or does the process go through both ways? And how does this vary from institution to ...
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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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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 ...