On the Right Track: Preparing for Tenure

May 8, 2012

The Right Track

Many faculty candidates and graduate students look on a tenure-track job as their ultimate goal. Of course, getting tenure is usually their ultimate goal, but given the small number of tenure-track openings, just getting a job is a victory. However, getting a job is no assurance of being awarded tenure, as many of us know from painful personal experience or the experiences of our friends or colleagues. I conduct workshops on the tenure-review process for aspiring and new faculty members and I’ve been struck by the number of them who lack a clear understanding about what they must do to get tenure. It’s crucial, I believe, for tenure-track faculty members to prepare for their review from the start of their appointment, if not before, and in my workshops I outline several steps that can help. Continue reading the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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