Tenure Hacks: The 12 Secrets of Making Tenure A brutally Machiavellian guidebook for the current or aspiring assistant professor, this irreverent treasure trove of tips and tricks pulls back the curtain on the tenure game and how to win it.
Chapters 1.It’s a (money) game: Follow the money, know the game 2.Winning doesn’t always matter: It’s the CV, stupid 3.Why you won’t be told the truth: Conflicting interests 4.Focus, focus, focus: DON’T follow your passion 5.It’s all about timing: The clock is 3 years, not 6 6.The right publishing mindset: It’s fishing, not baseball 7.The right publishing practices: Watch the clock 8.Suck at teaching: Escape the time sink 9.Win the student evaluation game: Gaming the system 10.The real purpose of conferences: Not what you think 11.The potential poison of early grants: Not all that glitters is good (for you) 12.Politics & service: Join the silent minority
Bonus section: The job hunt - Getting to the tenure track in the first place
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am currently an assistant professor at major university and found this book to be incredibly useful. Earning tenure is all about publications and this book provides some great ideas on how to maximize your productivity. I keep it next to my computer at work as a constant reminder...
This book provides a good overview of how to become a successful professor (which perhaps differs from what I would consider being a "good" professor). The underlying message is that conflicts of interest exist between tenure-track faculty, members of the department, and the college/university. In order to be successful, faculty members must focus on developing a research track record that will make them valuable to their institution (and an attractive candidate to others) rather than spending their energy on teaching and service efforts to please students/members of the department.
Overall this is a quick read and has some good advice that is somewhat obvious, but rarely formally given (e.g., if your department wants to do something stupid, let it - as a nontenured professor, you are essentially a temporary employee / It is better not to make tenure because members of your department personally hate you rather than spending too much time on service to please...
The book is narrowly intended only for those readers who teach at a major research university. Not very useful for those who don't
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