Inside Higher Ed
August 20th, 2015
As we approach a new academic year, graduate students, postdocs,
adjuncts and others are eyeing the job market warily and wondering, How do I get a tenure-track job? Here are a dozen pieces of advice to help get you to the interview and, with luck, onto the tenure track.
1. Publish everything. A conference paper is half an
essay (or chapter). Once you’ve given your presentation, develop a full
version and send it out to a peer-reviewed publication. Or if it’s part
of a book, write the rest of the chapter.
2. Sustain production. In one respect, building a CV
is a simple mathematical equation: if you publish two articles per
year, in five years you’ll have 10 articles. The specific annual number
is up to you. As a graduate student or young scholar, if you’re able to
publish one article per year, that’s truly superb. The larger point is
that if you maintain a rate of production, then -- over time -- the
numbers add up and your CV grows. When a hiring committee faces a stack
of applications, candidates who have more publications stand out.