Monday, February 23, 2015

The Professor Is in: Tenure Expectations

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 23rd, 2015



I have a campus interview for an assistant-professor job. How specific will the department be about tenure expectations? Should I expect to be given a specific range for the numbers of publications, grant submissions, etc., that will be necessary for promotion? What do I need to ask about this?
At some point during your visit, you will likely meet with the department chair. At that meeting you can expect to be told the requirements for tenure with a good deal of precision. The chair and other members of the search committee will want to make sure that you understand the nature of the job. If they don’t volunteer any tenure information, make sure you ask for it.
It is not necessary to be excessively litigious in seeking out details. The finer points of the institution’s tenure policies will all be explained later, after you are hired and arrive on campus. So please don’t come with 100 questions that make you look neurotic. That won’t help your candidacy. 


I have a campus interview for an assistant-professor job. How specific will the department be about tenure expectations? Should I expect to be given a specific range for the numbers of publications, grant submissions, etc., that will be necessary for promotion? What do I need to ask about this?
At some point during your visit, you will likely meet with the department chair. At that meeting you can expect to be told the requirements for tenure with a good deal of precision. The chair and other members of the search committee will want to make sure that you understand the nature of the job. If they don’t volunteer any tenure information, make sure you ask for it.
It is not necessary to be excessively litigious in seeking out details. The finer points of the institution’s tenure policies will all be explained later, after you are hired and arrive on campus. So please don’t come with 100 questions that make you look neurotic. That won’t help your candidacy.
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