Becoming a Tenured Professor
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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
- Tenured Twice, by Amy Jones. One woman's story of recognizing that her first department/institution was not a good fit -- just as she received tenure there -- and her decision to pursue a position somewhere that would be a better fit.
- Road Signs to Tenure, by Miguel Mantero. Compiled advice from six tenured professors. Also, Were the Road Signs Wrong? Miguel's retrospective article as he comes up for tenure, written two years after the previous article, analyzes and responds to the earlier advice.
The Tenure Process: What to Expect
- Tenure Reconsidered (a Bit), from Tomorow's Professor, looks at the varying degrees of progress made in counting the scholarship of teaching and learning in research contribution considerations.
- Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year , by James Lang. In this book, the author chronicles his experiences, reactions, thoughts and feelings during his first year in a tenure-track position at Assumption College in central Massachusetts. He recounts struggling to make the best use of his unstructured time, trying to understand the expectations of the college administration, experimenting with new teaching methods in an attempt to reach the students in his classroom - all while finding time for his family. Devoting one chapter for each month of the academic year, the author studies what it will take to get tenure, and whether that is what he wants. Read an excerpt, published on Rick Reis' Tomorrow's Professor Mailing List.
- Mentor in a Manual: Climbing the Academic Ladder to Tenure, by Clay Schoenfeld and Robert Magnan. Using a representative institution and a prototype assistant professor, this book provides counsel for those on the tenure track.
Setting Yourself Up For Success: Strategies for Getting Tenure
General Strategies and Advice
- Tenure in the Sacred Grove: Issues and Strategies for Women and Minority Faculty, Joanne E. Cooper and Dannelle D. Stevens (Eds.), aims to help women and minority faculty navigate their tenure path by examining political, scholarly, personal and interpersonal issues associated with the tenure process.
- Getting Tenure from the On the Cutting Edge project, offers pages with resources on topics such as preparing for the tenure process, your tenure package, and tenure FAQs.
- Getting Tenure (Survival Skills for Scholars) , by Marcia Whicker, Jennie Kronenfeld, & Ruth Strickland. The authors demystify the tenure process, describing steps you can take to ensure your success. Read an excerpt, published on Rick Reis' Tomorrow's Professor Mailing List.
- How to Succeed in the Academy: A Chair's Advice to Junior Faculty gives seven practical guidelines for junior faculty success.
- Stalcup, Apryll, 2006. The Mechanics of Getting Tenure. (Acrobat (PDF) 96kB Jun1 06) Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, v. 385, p. 1-5. While this article is written primarily for an audience of chemists at large research universities, it is relevant for most scientists at such institutions, and includes some advice relevant for anyone in academia.
- Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus , by Robert Boice. Based on years of research, Boice describes the habits of new faculty members who quickly and efficiently set themselves up for success, and includes simple suggestions to learn those habits.
- Preparing for Promotion, Tenure, and Annual Review: A Faculty Guide, by Robert M. Diamond. This book enumerates important questions to be asked and the issues that should be considered as faculty approach the review process. Concrete resources, examples, references, and a faculty checklist make this a practical tool for any instructor facing a professional evaluation.
- "Promotion and Tenure," a chapter in Good Start: A Guidebook for New Faculty in Liberal Arts Colleges, includes a set of twenty questions designed to help you assess your own progress toward tenure.
- Shameless Self-Promotion, by James Lang. "Given the unsupervised nature of much of what we do in this business, I am really in the best position both to describe and to evaluate my work most effectively," explains the author.
Interactions with Others
- It's The Little Things That Make The Big Difference reminds the reader about how the seemingly little things you do in your interactions with people can make a big difference down the road.
- Collegiality: the tenure track's Pandora's Box offers simple tips that can help you to develop collegial relationships with your colleagues -- an important, and perhaps underappreciated, aspect of getting tenure. After all, in deciding on your tenure case, your colleagues are voting on whether they want you around for the foreseeable future.
- Stop Trying to Get Tenure and Start Trying to Enjoy Yourself offers a new approach to thinking about your tenure journey.
- How do you handle rejection? On the road to tenure, doing research is usually not enough -- you must also publish your results. But the road to publication is often paved with rejection letters. How you deal with rejection affects your productivity; this article provides advice for dealing with rejection constructively.