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07/11/12
Mid-Career. Tenured Associate Professors
Filed under: Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 8:12 am

It was interesting to receive a set of Chronicle
of Higher Education reprints from my colleague,
P. Gordon.  They detailed observations that
tenured faculty members face unexpected
hurdles.  These are not seen from a distance
approaching interviewing for your first
academic position, nor working to obtain
tenure at an institution.

Robin Wilson authored an article “Why are
Associate Professors so unhappy?
“, which
pointed out that tenured professors face the
‘what do I do next’ self-question, at times when
committee work, course load, and personal
responsibilities expand.  These tenured
professors can be more isolated and have less
guidance doing the same things year in and
year out.

Career management for tenured faculty is
more complicated:
  is it students, programs, salary or benefits
  is it having a more meaningful role
  is it a competing offer from another institution
  is it combining family and career in a non-
stressful manner

 

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