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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?

There's nothing to prevent you from accepting the TT position (which presumably carries better pay and more prestige) while still pursuing positions elsewhere. Indeed, having a tenure-track position ...
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In US universities, are the sport coaches typically considered tenured professors?

No, athletic coaches are generally not considered faculty and do not have tenure. I've never heard of any place where they are. The conditions of their employment would be based on whatever ...
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Why are tenure-track professors hired on the basis of their research when they spend most of their time teaching?

Because they don't spend most of their time teaching. For example, officially the expectation is that I spend half my time on research, a third on teaching, and a sixth on service (e.g. ...
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Academic progression in Germany, what happens after a postdoc? What is the next step?

I was told that there isn't really a step up from postdoc (like an assistant professor) until you get a professorship (for which you have to do habilitation among other things). In Germany, there is ...
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Academic job market: applying for an associate or full professor position if I am not an assistant professor?

Sometimes people who are employed outside of academia, say in senior industry positions or at research labs, may be hired as associate professors or even full professors if they have impressive enough ...
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Do tenured faculty get to micromanage clinical professors and other non-tenured instructors with respect to the classroom?

It's is very common for certain core multi-section classes to be coordinated or standardized in some way. For example, the textbook and sections covered are fixed, or there is a single final exam for ...
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Why are tenure-track professors hired on the basis of their research when they spend most of their time teaching?

One contributing factor is that research ability is much easier(*) to measure than teaching effectiveness. Beyond some level of basic competence, how effective a professor is with students depend ...
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Do tenured faculty get to micromanage clinical professors and other non-tenured instructors with respect to the classroom?

I see three questions here who decides how classes are taught, how many decisions about how classes are taught are reserved for individual instructors, and should tenured faculty have more ...
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How to deal with guilt turning down non-tenure track faculty offer at current institution?

If they really wanted you (or anyone) enough, they would make the position more desirable (tenure, pay, etc.). They do it for other positions. Don't you worry yourself a bit. Be pleasant on the ...
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In US universities, are the sport coaches typically considered tenured professors?

Typically, no. But there have been exceptions. Woody Hayes, in addition to being Head Football Coach at Ohio State, was also Professor of Military History. When he was fired as coach in 1978, he ...
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Academic job market: applying for an associate or full professor position if I am not an assistant professor?

It could mean a person currently on tenure track, but it might mean, and is more likely to mean, someone who is already an associate or full professor elsewhere. Someone eligible for a mid level or ...
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Is a "lecturer" position sufficient for a career and not a temporary position? Can it ever be useful if not intended as permanent?

The context here is clearly the US system. I'm responding based on my own experience working with people in such positions at my institution and elsewhere. This is ultimately a personal decision....
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Is it realistic to prefer a non-tenure-track research position?

Background: Answering this as a biomedical researcher currently in a tenure-track position who definitely looked at some non-tenure, 100% soft money positions. One thing to note, there are also ...
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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 think this state of affairs may be easier to understand if we look at it in this direction: University needs good researchers because that is a core part of their mission --> now that we've got ...
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Can one acquire "tenure" through teaching or being something like a Research Associate at a university lab?

No, generally speaking, tenure is not offered to teaching faculty, usually called lecturers, or research scientists at American universities. The AAUP has long argued that teaching faculty should ...
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Do tenured faculty get to micromanage clinical professors and other non-tenured instructors with respect to the classroom?

If, from your perspective, "things like forcing someone to adapt a communal exam format, removing the ability to emphasize/de-emphasize certain topics in the classroom, etc." count as ...
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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?

An answer to the general question (the one in your title): Tenure track positions should be the default - they essentially mean you don't get arbitrarily fired. So, you've just been offered a regular ...
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What can be done about the problem of bullying in post-PhD academia?

I'm not sure that I accept your premise that "academia is paradise for bullies". There are bullies in academia, but also there are bullies elsewhere. Nevertheless, we can meaningfully ask if there ...
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Is it okay to break a contract for a teaching position to get a job outside of academia?

Just to clarify, the standard terminology for the action you are considering taking is “resigning”, “quitting”, “handing in your resignation” etc., NOT “breaking a contract”. I’m not just being ...
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Who might lose a job in academia due to covid19?

Of all the examples you name, I think only those on annual contracts have much of any risk and I think that is small. The world isn't actually ending. Universities still have their mission(s): ...
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Job Advice for Pursuing a Tenure-Track Position in the U.S. (Postdoc in the U.S., Teaching-track/lecturer in the U.S., Tenure-track abroad)

In many fields and countries, it's rare to get a tenure-track position right after a PhD. Generally speaking, if you want to go into tenure-track academia, a strong post-doc or two (or three ...
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In US universities, are the sport coaches typically considered tenured professors?

At large D1 universities, the athletic department is usually set up as a quasi-independent entity. They are part of the university and are considered university employees, but their finances and ...
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Take non-tenure track position or wait?

Sorry to say this, but if this is an adjunct position, I'd advise you to run like hell from it if you have indeed set your sights on a future TT position in a research university. No matter what ...
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What are some side jobs with which a mathematician in a postdoc or non-tenure-track position can make ends meet?

Universities (especially if they're large R1 universities, almost certainly if they're in top 10) usually ask its department members whether they are willing to teach a calculus/lower-level math ...
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Why are tenure-track professors hired on the basis of their research when they spend most of their time teaching?

You asked many different questions in your question. I'll only be addressing some of them in my answer. In my opinion, the reason why tenure-track professors are hired on the basis of their research ...
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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'd like to add a few important points. Tenured positions in many universities are a way to attract well known, accomplished academic staff. Having famous professors increases prestige of the ...
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How to understand if it's the moment to become a team leader?

As someone has noted, much of this is down to your personal preference, but there are a few notes I would make on your question, your thinking behind it, and what it entails: Postdoc Your ...
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Request to move-up interview

Business schools operate differently from moreal traditional departments. That said, tenure-track offers still need to generally be signed off on by a dean. Even if you interviewed for the tenure-...
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Can we put some documents which are not listed as required documents for jobs

A cover letter is probably fine, provided that the application system will accept it. Some online systems can be strict about what they will accept. If they want a SoP (Statement of Purpose), they ...
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Who might lose a job in academia due to covid19?

Anybody might, anybody might not. Job contract duration and institutional/regional/disciplinary factors are more important than job title. There are some institutions which are doomed over the long ...
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