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10 things I wish all associate professors knew

I got my PhD in 1984.  During that time I’ve done research on students, faculty, and administrators.  I’ve seen different individuals and groups as “research subjects” as students, colleagues, and as friends.  I’ve developed some thoughts I’d like to share based on my research, my observations, and common sense.  By no means is this everything […]

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A Remembrance of Things Past

Yvonna S. Lincoln is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Program Chair of the Higher Education Administration Program at Texas A&M University. When you’re asked to remember how things were when you first entered the professoriate, that’s when you understand that you were born right after the flood. There are, however, in thoughtful retrospect, many changes, […]

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On Rejection

Kurt Vonnegut once said to a group of eager writing students, “Probably all of you are good enough to make it as writers. But it’s likely that only one of you has what it takes to endure the constant rejection.” I’m not sure I would reduce academic life to such a straightforward statement, but he’s […]

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Have Ph.D. … Will Travel—Part II

Because newly-minted Ph.D. graduates far outweigh the number of tenure-track positions [read about the sobering statistics here], many will have to travel if they want a job in academia. From my own experiences with friends and colleagues, graduate students deal with the possibility in different ways. Some have families and friends and roots. Travel is […]

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Have Ph.D. … Will Travel—Part 1

As May approaches, Ph.D. candidates are scrambling to submit dissertation chapters to their committee chairs. At the same time, many have heard or are eagerly waiting to hear from search committees regarding potential jobs. Some even have job offers. During a hectic time, the negotiation process only adds to the hubbub. Here’s some advice: Take […]

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Imagining a More Action-Oriented Tenure Process

On the first day of school, two students started fighting. One student tried to escape. The two ran from the first to third floor. A crowd followed them. Just before the fight stopped, a security guard’s head slammed through a window in my classroom’s door. She never returned to school. A few days later, someone […]

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A Graceful Tenure and Promotion Process?

As a newly minted Ph.D., the process of tenure and promotion is now an imminent reality rather than a “far away land” I once thought it to be as a doctoral student. As a Ph.D. student/candidate, I learned, among other things, how to think critically, how to scrutinize my own writing, how to write publishable […]

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Motivated by Misconceptions and Tenure: One Outsider-Within’s Perspective

I began this Ph.D. journey, so that I could never be told I lacked credentials. In this fourth year of my journey, I can’t recall how often professors cajoled, encouraged, and demanded that I choose the faculty. Initially, I turned a deaf ear, because as director of university relations, my salary before graduate school was […]

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Tenure’s Dirty Little Secrets

There are so many secrets that occur during the tenure process. Even if you have a stellar record, the key here is not to “piss” any one off. The idea is to stay in the middle where no one has had any negative experiences and you weren’t too brilliant. Overachievers are the first to get the […]

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What I Think I Know About Tenure

I always have trouble remembering if assistant or associate professors have tenure. I understand the tenure process. I understand that one follows the other. However, the distinction is something I have to think about longer than I should, like what time zone Wisconsin is in or how to spell “restaurant.” The son of a high […]

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