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
Marilyn E.Gist

During the interview for my first job in academe, I met with one faculty member who had recently earned tenure. He was well regarded by his colleagues, and junior enough that I was eager to hear how he liked the place. Although his remarks were positive, they included a qualifier I found disturbing: “Of course, it's getting better now that I have tenure—I no longer feel I have to spend every free moment writing.” I wondered what sort of workaholism this implied, and felt confident that I would never relate to that feeling. That confidence was jeopardized a couple of months later, as I neared the end of my dissertation. I chanced upon a favorite professor from another department, and he ...

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