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1 Tenure and Promotion in Universities Marian R. Walters, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College

2 Define Tenure? Faculty Perceptions: Job/rank guarantee Salary guarantee Academic Freedom (define own role, jobs, time commitments etc) Merriam-Webster: a status granted a teacher after a trial period that prevents summary dismissal Reality??????? See Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/27/09Chronicle of Higher Education

3 Walters Immutable Rules for Professional Survival 1. YOU AND YOU ALONE are ultimately responsible for your own career, including Promotion and Tenure, career direction, career opportunities, etc. Take your responsibility seriously. Seek as much information and help/mentoring as possible. Give them Ammo……

4 Walters Immutable Rules for Professional Survival 1. YOU AND YOU ALONE are ultimately responsible for your own career, including Promotion and tenure, career direction, career opportunities, etc. Take your responsibility seriously. Seek as much information and help/mentoring as possible. 2. You MUST learn to work with your Chair. Corollary: You dont have to LIKE them to learn to work with them.

5 Walters Immutable Rules for Professional Survival 1. YOU AND YOU ALONE are ultimately responsible for your own career, including Promotion and tenure, career direction, career opportunities, etc. Take your responsibility seriously. Seek as much information and help/mentoring as possible. 2. You MUST learn to work with your Chair. Corollary: You dont have to LIKE them to learn to work with them. 3. Seek mentors: Professional colleagues are willing to give advice, and often feel honored to be asked. Corollary: You dont have to take any of the advice you get, but at least you are learning in the process.

6 Walters Immutable Rules for Professional Survival 1.YOU AND YOU ALONE are ultimately responsible for your own career, including Promotion and tenure, career direction, career opportunities, etc. Take your responsibility seriously. Seek as much information and help/mentoring as possible. 2. You MUST learn to work with your Chair. Corollary: You dont have to LIKE them to learn to work with them. 3.Seek mentors: Professional colleagues are willing to give advice, and often feel honored to be asked. Do not be shy about seeking advice/council. Corollary: You dont have to take any of the advice you get, but at least you are learning in the process. 4.NEVER, EVER put anything in writing (including e-mail or facebook or…) that you do not want to discuss in public at the most inopportune time imaginable.

7 Walters Immutable Rules for Professional Survival 1. YOU AND YOU ALONE are ultimately responsible for your own career, including Promotion and tenure, career direction, career opportunities, etc. Take your responsibility seriously. Seek as much information and help/mentoring as possible. 2. You MUST learn to work with your Chair. Corollary: You dont have to LIKE them to learn to work with them. 3. Seek mentors: Professional colleagues are willing to give advice, and often feel honored to be asked. Do not be shy about seeking advice/council. Corollary: You dont have to take any of the advice you get, but at least you are learning in the process. 4. NEVER, EVER put anything in writing (including e-mail or facebook or…) that you do not want to discuss in public at the most inopportune time imaginable. 5.NEVER, EVER assume that anything you say, do or write is confidential. Corollary: Always be certain that YOU are the one to tell your Chair (other superior) important news about your activities (job search, interview etc.)

8 Tenure Criteria: Teaching, Research, Service ________________ Emphasis depends on: -- Institution chair, other senior administrator -- Timing -- Committee members

9 Define Service Service to the University, College, department Service to the Discipline/Profession Service to Society (using academic expertise)

10 Define Service Service to the University, College, department Service to the Discipline/Profession Service to Society (using academic expertise) ------------------- Usually, less service (but almost never no service) is expected for tenure: EXCEPTION: if a NATIONAL reputation is expected, service to NATIONAL societies is an irreplaceable credential

11 Tenure Review Process Level 1: Department P&T Committee => Chair Level 2: College P&T Committee => Dean _________ May be the final decision step, otherwise: Level 3: University P&T Committee => Provost or President

12 Tenure and Promotion Documents YOU are responsible…TAKE responsibility

13 Tenure and Promotion Documents YOU are responsible…TAKE responsibility Documents include: CV/Biographical Info List of Publications (complete citations) List of Abstracts/Presentations Teaching Information Service/Committee Information **External Letters**

14 Usually some solicited from Your list and some from others (e.g., Chairs list) Pick those on your list very carefully

15 Impeccable credentials: preferably department chairs People who know you and value what you have accomplished (e.g., those you meet at your Society meetings) People who can write strong letters Give them ammo The letters and who they were solicited from is almost never provided to the candidate

16 Preparing for the Process First step in new position: -- Get all the information on the process and requirements as soon as you start any new position (or at least from this moment on)

17 Preparing for the Process First step in new position: -- Get all the information on the process and requirements as soon as you start any new position (or at least from this moment on) Second step: Surpass requirements

18 Preparing for the Process First step in new position: -- Assess requirements for tenure and promotion -- Get all the information on the process and requirements as soon as you start any new position (or at least from this moment on) Second step: Surpass requirements Third Step: Surpass… YOU AND YOU ALONE are ultimately responsible for your own career

19 Monitor Your Own Progress Read/reread institution/department docs re tenure and promotion Read other literature on tenure and promotion (e.g., Professional Society, etc.) Periodic Reviews Importance: Interim report cards Keep your CV up-to-date and complete

20 Tenure Clock Be crucially aware of your tenure clock Take advantage of clock stops: -- usually stops must be prospective

21 Tenure Clock Be crucially aware of your tenure clock Take advantage of clock stops: -- usually stops must be prospective -- tenure time is too late…..... to realize that you could have overcome adversity (e.g., family needs/heavy administrative work) and achieved the necessary requirements if only....

22 ENSURING TENURE SUCCESS: OTHER CONSIDERATIONS DISCUSS, discuss, discuss your career goals with your Chair, Chief, etc. Remember: Your Chairs opinion may be the single most important factor in your promotion/tenure.

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24 ENSURING TENURE SUCCESS: OTHER CONSIDERATIONS DISCUSS, discuss, discuss your career goals with your Chair and Section Chief. Remember: Your Chairs opinion may be the single most important factor in your promotion/tenure. Work, work, work to provide as much AMMUNITION as possible

25 ENSURING TENURE SUCCESS: OTHER CONSIDERATIONS DISCUSS, discuss, discuss your career goals with your Chair and Section Chief. Remember: Your Chairs opinion may be the single most important factor in your promotion/tenure. Work, work, work to provide as much AMMUNITION as possible Corollary: Exceed as many requirements as possible You and you alone….

26 Why is Mentoring Important? No penalty for requesting advice and guidance in personal or professional issues; no one knows it all. Significant advantages in developing good working relationships with more experienced professionals You do not have to take all/any advice you are given, but at least you can determine some of your options Many senior faculty consider mentoring a routine part of their professional duties

27 Why is Mentoring Important? Professional/research mentoring can lead to meaningful collaborations Mentors also gain from interactions with younger faculty with new ideas Choose mentor(s) carefully; one mentor may not fulfill all needs Mentoring should be freely given, works better over time, professional give and take

28 You Got Tenure/Promotion: Now What? -- CELEBRATE!!! -- Relax (One of most stressful times of life/career) -- Then, keep up the good work: the next step is PROFESSOR

29 What If You Dont get Tenure? Or: There IS Life/Career Afterwards Many people blossom in a new setting Many different academic institutions -- Value different talents -- Very different professional inhibitors

30 What If You Dont get Tenure? Or: There IS Life/Career Afterwards Best/easier to find different path before tenure denial Even if not before tenure denial, may blossom in a new setting… Even if get tenure, may want to change paths

31 How to Find A New Position Mentors Assess Strengths Career Coach Grieving Process


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