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Started by Vid, June 22, 2023, 06:02:04 PM
Quote from: CaracalActually reading posts before responding to them seems to be a problem for a number of people on here...
Quote from: Vid on June 25, 2023, 09:15:23 PMGREAT feedback guys. Thank you.I think staying hirable is more important than getting tenure. In this case, you have the option of getting a position elsewhere if you want to. Let's keep the conversation going!
Quote from: eigen on June 26, 2023, 01:13:12 PMI'm not sure I can say my advice is from someone "senior" as I'm up for tenure soon and can't tell how well my strategies worked out, but:Figure out what your priorities are, and how those match with your institution. One thing I found super important was figuring out department level vs. division level vs. university level priorities in tenure and promotion, as they may not align.Decide how much you're willing to change for a "better" shot at tenure. One senior colleague gave me the advice of "Do what you feel is important. If you don't get tenure, that may just mean the institution isn't a good fit for you". Make a broad network at your institution outside your department. Include both other pre-tenure folks, recently tenured folks, and senior folks. Ask about institutional culture broadly, so you aren't just getting things from one source. See what is consistent and what varies.Have multiple research projects and priorities. Having something to switch to when you run into roadblocks, either temporary or long-term, can help both your sanity and your productivity.As you design classes, keep in mind both efficacy and efficiency: Figure out the places where your time can be best spent for the most impact for your students, and cut out practices that might be "high impact" but come at the cost of disproportionate amounts of your time.Learn what questions are asked on course evals. Give mid-term evaluations with the same or similar questions. Learn to talk about your practices in class in such a way that gives students language that they can talk about in evals / scaffolds them into answering those questions. Along with this, learn how evals are used in tenure and promotion.
Quote from: Diogenes on June 29, 2023, 11:44:46 AMLearn how to say No. There are layers to this- first, focus your research/teaching/service so you aren't pulled every which way diluting your time and attention, and mental wellbeing. Second, learn how to do it with political savvy.Find an informal mentor with some seniority outside of your department.