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I'm feeling discouraged after getting tenure; should I quit?

Many faculty get post-tenure blues. There are several causes: Burnout: You've been running at full speed for almost 30 years (k-12; college; grad school; post-docs; tenure track). Your brain needs a ...
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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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Does tenure protection extend to professors saying that evolution is false in class?

Having tenure doesn't mean a professor can spend large amounts of time in a course talking about off-topic things. They still have a duty to teach the subject of the course. Have your wife talk to ...
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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

Based on what you've said, In my view, there is a flaw in their advertising. The position description clearly stated "the University of X invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor ...
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Why do most tenure at an institution less prestigious than the one where they began teaching, and than where they received their Ph.D?

This is called the "law of descending prestige." Most universities hire the most prestigious faculty they can. The number of PhDs from the top universities is larger than the number of job ...
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PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

This sounds more the fault of your advisors than yours for not equipping you with the supervision you need to perform your experiments up to standards. Do not under any circumstances falsify or ...
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Should a graduating doctoral student "care" about his or her advisor's tenure considerations?

I think your approach to this situation is a bit misguided. Yes, you should absolutely care about your advisor’s success (and he should care about yours). But “caring” doesn’t mean that you should ...
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Impact of student suicide on PhD advisor’s tenure prospects

To get the elephant out of the room first: If you are contemplating suicide and wondering whether you will hurt the tenure case of your advisor by this, stop this thought right there and get ...
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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?

There are two things worth keeping in mind. First, while it might be the case that the committee is "forced" to interview a female candidate, it might not. You have no actual evidence in either case, ...
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Is it inappropriate to explain why I really want to live where the university is located in my job talk?

Just to put what's already in the comments into an answer: Yes, you should convey the information you've told us to the hiring faculty. If you've gotten a campus interview for a faculty position, ...
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What's the point of maintaining a CV after tenure?

Upon joining the club of those who've "made it," you find that there are further gradations. A tenured professor can safely breathe a sigh of relief for at least a year or two, but eventually she ...
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How to deal with unavoidable failure in my first year of tenure-track applications?

I suggest dealing with the situation by revising your (misguided, IMO) definition of “failure”. Even if it is, as you say, “ineluctable”, that you will fail to land a tenure-track position this year, ...
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What's the point in hiring assistant professors instead of more experienced professors?

For example: Their salaries are far lower. (The discrepancy varies by department, high in the physical sciences, low in economics and business.) In fields that receive startup packages, their startup ...
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What happens if you don't get tenure?

In my experience (in math, in the US), no you cannot remain in your current position (for long). While tenure is historically a means of protection for faculty from political forces, and thus a tool ...
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Is it common not be able to use tenured department colleagues to write letters of support for tenure?

Your department chair is 100% correct in asking you to remove letters from faculty internal to your university. She is doing you a favor by mentioning this to you! To be honest, that you think this ...
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Large, non-random proportion of students not invited for evaluation of a course

If you can prove that 38% of the students where not even invited, you should go to the relevant committee and challenge the evaluation. Demand that they either invite the rest of the students as well (...
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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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How to approach negotiating the start date of a tenure-track position?

Let me offer the perspective of a former department chair who was involved in hiring negotiations from the department side. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Hiring a faculty member is a long-...
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How do some PhD students get 10+ papers? Is that what I need for landing good faculty position?

I think at least part of the answer lies in different cultures across fields. I did my PhD in computer science/artificial intelligence. There a huge focus is on conference papers which tend to be ...
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Just got tenured and promoted, but need to move for family reasons

If you stay behind and work for a year as an associate professor and go on the job market the next academic year, you'll be in a better situation to search for a new tenure track position than if you ...
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I'm feeling discouraged after getting tenure; should I quit?

It's hard to give concrete advice here because this is a very personal thing. First: It is quite common to feel empty when such a major goal have been achieved and probably you are left with no ...
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Why do most tenure at an institution less prestigious than the one where they began teaching, and than where they received their Ph.D?

Let's pick a real world example. MIT produces around 500 PhD graduates a year. At the same time MIT hires around 50 new professors per year. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4309283/ That ...
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Can refusing to attend mandatory Title IX training be grounds for suspending a tenured faculty member?

Put yourself in the shoes of a university administrator. The federal government has made a law requiring your university to do certain things if it wants to maintain its federal funding. Those things ...
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How does a professor lose their tenure over a sex scandal which he was not involved in?

The Dean of the medical school is not being fired because he was involved in sexual crimes. He is being fired because he poorly handled the Title IX investigation. He utterly failed to ensure the ...
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Does tenure protection extend to professors saying that evolution is false in class?

Faculty at my university, and I would imagine at any large university in the US, are bound by the terms of a technical document with a title such as “Faculty Code of Conduct” or something similar. If ...
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Choosing between PhD students or postdocs as a lecturer

It obviously depends dramatically on your discipline and what you want to do with those positions. That being said, in most cases I would assume that the decision should either be to hire 2 students, ...
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A way of getting tenure for a non-creative person

Q: is there a common name for this kind of transaction? Fraud.
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How could a postdoc look competitive against a tenured professor?

You are a serious candidate You are. That is why the university is interviewing you. It would be a complete waste of time and resources otherwise. They liked your application materials and want to ...
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PhD student pressured to fabricate data due to bad experiment design

Following up on @BrianKrause 's excellent answer. Do not present fake data as real. You might be able to write something useful and interesting with the data you have along with several different ...
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Can refusing to attend mandatory Title IX training be grounds for suspending a tenured faculty member?

The short answer is yes, employees can be fired for not attending Title IX training. One example from Ohio State is here (the band director was fired). I could not find any examples in which a ...
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