ERIC Number: EJ782347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-30
Reference Count: 0
The Joyless Quest for Tenure
Perlmutter, David D.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n14 pC1 Nov 2007
In this article, the author talks about the tenure process of being a professor which can be gloomy for assistant professors as they share a common culture of the joyless quest for promotion and tenure. Life as an assistant professor has its bleak moments; however, the downbeat cosmology is, in the end, dysfunctional and hurts more than it comforts. Even when a faculty member has met or exceeded the expectations for promotion, the process can be a source of unhappiness. The author asserts that a central aspect of the tenure process that makes it fraught with tension is its all-or-nothing character. Yet, even more difficult problems on the tenure track have practical solutions. Here, the author suggests that academics need to think about ways they can make the tenure track, if not less rigorous, at least less downbeat, even (or especially) at the moment of triumph.
Descriptors: Tenure, College Faculty, Teacher Promotion, Nontenured Faculty, Occupational Aspiration, Emotional Response
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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