This invaluable source book offers guidance, support and advice for those contemplating or involved in academic careers. The contributions provide rich, personal, sometimes poignant and often humorous accounts of shared and unique experiences of those in the world of academia.

Getting Tenure

Getting tenure

Of course, it's getting better now that I have tenure—I no longer feel I have to spend every free moment writing.

faculty member quoted by Marilyn E. Gist (p. 185)

In some ways the experience of working toward tenure, at least in North American academic institutions, is like the pain associated with severe toothache. Its presence is felt at almost every moment that we have it, but after the toothache has gone, the pain becomes a memory we might talk about, although the acute emotions that accompanied the pain cannot be as easily recalled. The period leading up to the tenure decision typically demands our full attention, particularly when the standards set are very high. The situation can be a real pressure cooker—one is ...

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