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Conquering The Hurdles Of The Tenure And Promotion Process For The Junior Faculty Members

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.295.1 - 6.295.6



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Keith Johnson

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Mark Rajai

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Session 2275

Conquering the hurdles of the tenure and promotion process for Junior Faculty Members

Keith V. Johnson, Mark Rajai East Tennessee State University


The process of tenure and promotion can be a harrowing experience for faculty in higher education. A tenured faculty member is one whose job, with a few exceptions, is secured for life. These exceptions typically include the closure of the department, (although a good faith effort may be made to place them in a related department within the university), gross negligence, and sexual harassment. Tenure was designed to protect faculty from the volatile behavior and attitudes of administrators. The process generally occurs in the sixth year of employment and for many can be stressful. A candidate for tenure and promotion is evaluated in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. This manuscript addresses tactics, strategies and approaches that were utilized by the author to overcome the tenure and promotion process.

I. Introduction

Tenure was designed to protect faculty from the volatile behaviors and attitudes of administrators. For many, the tenure and promotion process is a toilsome one that is very stressful for the candidate. The process generally occurs in the sixth year of employment and the candidate is evaluated on teaching, scholarship, and service. There are many strategies and approaches that can be used to lessen the stress and alleviate some of the frustration involved in the tenure and promotion process. The plan presented by the writer in this manuscript was utilized and proved to be successful for being promoted to associate professor and being awarded tenure.

II. Scholarship

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Johnson, K., & Rajai, M. (2001, June), Conquering The Hurdles Of The Tenure And Promotion Process For The Junior Faculty Members Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9034

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