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Becoming a Tenured Professor

Getting tenure is a major concern for most new faculty in tenure-track jobs. The tenure process need not be mysterious and the resources below are meant to shed light on tips and considerations to guide you through the tenure process.

Jump down to additional resources on: Finding your Fit | What to Expect | Strategies for Success

Workshop and Conference Presentations

Becoming a Professor (PowerPoint 89kB Jul30 12) - This presentation was given by Gilda Barabino (Georgia Institute of Technology) at the 2009 Minority Faculty Development workshop. It offers a short introduction to preparing for a career in academia.

A Department Head's Perspective on Minority Faculty Advancement (PowerPoint 292kB Mar19 12) - This presentation was given by Wes Harris (MIT) at the 2006 Minority Faculty Development workshop. It provides a short overview of topics including recruitment processes, hiring, retention processes, and measures of success.

Promotion and Tenure Considerations in Engineering (PowerPoint 97kB Mar19 12) - This presentation was given by Nino Masnari (North Carolina State) at the 2006 Minority Faculty Development workshop. It provides information on teaching assessment, research (types of opportunities and assesment), service and outreach, setting and prioritizing goals and objectives, and the tenure process, with NC State as an example.

Nuts and Bolts of Tenure (PowerPoint 90kB Mar19 12) - This presentation was given by Gregory Washington (The Ohio State University) at the 2006 Minority Faculty Development workshop. It covers topics such as what is expected in building a research program and with teaching, with helpful considerations and tips for meeting these expectations.

Navigating the Academic Tenure Process in Ideal and Non-Ideal Environments (PowerPoint 274kB Mar19 12) - This presentation was given by Rhonda Drayton (University of Minnesota) at the 2006 Minority Faculty Development workshop. It provides information that clarifies what tenure is and how it is obtained, the tenure proposal (the different components involved in obtaining tenure), Drayton's example schedule for obtaining tenure, and a discussion of tools that may be helpful in building your case for tenure.

Professional Development for Junior Faculty (PowerPoint 46kB Jul30 12) - This presentation was given by Kenneth Roberts (North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University) at the 2006 Minority Faculty Development workshop. It offers general professional development tips, typical faculty work assignments and expectations, tips for writing and marketing proposals, and tips for working with students and on collaborations.

Becoming a Tenured Professor (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 87kB Jul30 12) - This presentation was given by Chekesha Liddell (Cornell University) at the 2010 Minority Faculty Development workshop. It offers advice on how to succeed at attaining tenure using personal experience as a basis.

Crafting Your Professional Brand (Acrobat (PDF) 334kB Jul30 12) - This presentation was given by Robbin Chapman (MIT) at the 2010 Minority Faculty Development workshop. It describes how you can bring your unique passions, attributes, and strengths to your career in order to establish your identity as well as strengthen your presence in your institution and field. The Crafting Your Professional Brand: Worksheet (Acrobat (PDF) 73kB Jul30 12) can be used to guide you in creating your personal 'professional brand.'

Creating Your Own Innovation Micro Ecosystem (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.2MB Jul30 12) - This presentation was given by Pamela McCauley Bush (University of Central Florida & Bush Enterprises) at the 2012 Minority Faculty Development workshop. It outlines how those interested in innovation and entrepreneurship can integrate those interests and activities into their career in academia.

Finding your Fit

The Tenure Process: What to Expect

Setting Yourself Up For Success: Strategies for Getting Tenure


General Strategies and Advice

Interactions with Others

Overcoming Challenges


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