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The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network
"Seven things I did during my first seven years at Harvard. Or, how I loved being a tenure-track faculty member, by deliberately trying not to be one. I decided that this is a 7-year postdoc. I stopped taking advice. I created a “feelgood” email folder. I work fixed hours and in fixed amounts. I try to be the best “whole” person I can. I found real friends. I have fun “now”."
phd  academia  career  tenure  advice  motivation 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Vocationalism, Academic Freedom and Tenure - NYTimes.com
"It goes like this. Tenure, like academic freedom, depends on a certain picture of what goes on in college and university classrooms — high-level discussions tied to cutting edge research into intellectual problems. Tenure protects the freedom of instructors to engage in such research. But in many classrooms, dedicated to vocational or corporate or political goals, that’s not what’s going on, and the instructors who preside over those classrooms need neither academic freedom nor tenure. Only those engaged in the “search for ultimate truths” do."
tenure  academic  freedom  work  labor 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Lifestyle Choices | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine
"Working as a professional scientist (or scholar more generally) is an amazing gift, and I treasure it every day. I wish everyone who wanted to could do it. Being as that’s not the case, I hope people who want to join the club do so with an accurate as possible an impression of what it entails, for better or for worse. Almost all for the better.

In short: pursuing dreams = good. Ignoring reality = bad. Inner honesty = good. Making smart decisions = hard. Living with yourself the next morning = most important."
academia  tenure  jobs  careers  professor 
april 2011 by tsuomela
How to Get Tenure at Almost Every Other Research University | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine
"I think if one wants to make a more general statement about “how to achieve tenure”, I think the key is to show that you’ve got “traction”. Look at recently tenured (<10 years) people in your particular department at your particular university, and evaluate what they tend to do well (say, undergraduate teaching if you’re at Swarthmore, or running giant experiments if you’re at Harvard). Then, demonstrate that you’ve got traction that is pulling you in that direction."
academia  tenure  professor  advice 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Career Advice: The N-Word - Inside Higher Ed
I want to share with my tenure-track readers two of the best strategies I’ve learned to deal with service-overload: 1) establishing an “N-Committee” and 2) conceptualizing your faculty career as a “book with many chapters.”
academia  career  advice  tenure  goals 
november 2010 by tsuomela
AAUP: Tenure and Teaching-Intensive Appointments (2010)
Today, most faculty positions are still teaching intensive, and many of those teaching-intensive positions are still tenurable. In fact, the proportion of teaching-intensive to research-intensive appointments has risen sharply.4 However, the majority of teaching-intensive positions have been shunted outside of the tenure system. This has in most cases meant a dramatic shift from “teaching-intensive” appointments to “teaching- only” appointments, featuring a faculty with attenuated relationships to campus and disciplinary peers. This seismic shift from “teaching-intensive” faculty within the big tent of tenure to “teaching-only” faculty outside of it has had severe consequences for students as well as faculty themselves, producing lower levels of campus engagement across the board and a rising service burden for the shrinking core of tenurable faculty.
teaching  academic  faculty  tenure  work 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Career Advice: Balance Is a Myth - Inside Higher Ed
What would happen if you acknowledged that life on the tenure track isn’t set up to support balanced living and faced the fact that the years before you come up for your tenure review will be the most intense, stressful, and challenging years of your professional life? I believe that facing that reality head-on will allow you to release yourself from false expectations and shift your energy towards identifying your personal and professional priorities, working as efficiently and productively as possible, and remaining attentive to your emotional, physical, and relational health.
academia  labor  work  tenure 
february 2010 by tsuomela
I cite: On Being Postacademic
Yet at least within the bourgeoisie the existence of a monetary reference point provides some resistance to personal power, while the structure of institutionalized intellectual work permits no such outside reference point — not community service, not ethics, not, in light of the inability of humanities scholars to agree about what such a concept might mean, truth. Academia has neither capitalist forms of abstraction nor socialist forms of solidarity to recommend it.
academia  postmodern  evaluation  politics  tenure  social-status  social-psychology 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Easily Distracted » Research Libraries Group/OCLC Programs Talk, June 2007
Anyone who wanders into the bleak and monotonous desert of IQ and the nature-vs-nurture dispute eventually gets trapped in the especially arid question of what, if anything, g, the supposed general factor of intelligence, tells us about these matters.
academia  culture  tenure  history  libraries 
october 2007 by tsuomela

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