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The tenure process has been both applauded and criticized since its inception in 1915. While some institutions have chosen to move away from the tenure process, it is still prevalent in the US higher education system. The title of tenured professor is a sought after prize by untenured faculty, and those in chemical engineering are no exception. Anecdotally, faculty know that the tenure process can be variable among institutions, at times unclear, and sometimes perceived as unachievable. The aims of this paper are to shed light on the perceptions of early career faculty (untenured or recently tenured) regarding the tenure process. Specifically, we aim to: (1) classify the variability in perceptions of tenure requirements among assistant and associate professors in chemical engineering programs and (2) identify their perceived impediments towards obtaining tenure. Faculty from ABET accredited programs in tenure-track positions were identified through an online search, and were provided with an online survey to complete. Faculty responses were categorized by rank and according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher education that classifies instructions according to their research activity. We hope that this paper will spark conversations regarding clarity of requirements, and concerns about work-life balance for tenure-track faculty.
Miskioglu, E., & Tymvios, N., & Christou, E., & Wheatley, B. B. (2020, June), Pre- and Post-tenure: Perceptions of Requirements and Impediments for Chemical Engineering Faculty Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35068
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