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STRATEGIES FOR YOUR EARLY CAREER SUCCESS

 

The definition of success and the right strategies to take to get there are different for every individual. The articles included here are meant to provide resources and examples to help early career investigators from an array of disciplines at a variety of stages in their pre-tenure. Most of them are related to research development and more specifically to developing proposals for early career awards. Search for keywords to narrow your search to the articles most applicable to your needs.

Getting Started on the Tenure Track: Challenges and Strategies for Success

Tenure-track positions at institutions of higher education are often highly coveted because they offer job stability, academic freedom, and higher pay. Despite this allure, the academic career path is fraught with challenges, particularly during the first few years of a tenure-track position where one must balance new demands and escalating expectations. Challenges identified included concerns about transitioning identities, divergent responsibilities, insecurities, and uncertain expectations regarding tenure and promotion. Many of these issues were more pronounced for faculty of color. However, participants also highlighted some key strategies that could be employed to address challenges: (a) Know expectations and document progress, (b) Collaborate regularly, (c) Seek professional mentors, (d) Develop an academic identity, (e) Be proactive and strategic in all areas of scholarship, and (f) Be realistic. Emerging scholars who heed this advice will be better equipped to navigate the early stages of academic life and successfully achieve tenure.

On the Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applications to Social Science Research Council Competitions

Writing proposals for research funding is a peculiar facet of North American academic culture, and as with all things cultural, its attributes rise only partly into public consciousness. A proposal's overt function is to persuade a committee of scholars that the project shines with the three kinds of merit all disciplines value, namely, conceptual innovation, methodological rigor, and rich, substantive content. But to make these points stick, a proposal writer needs a feel for the unspoken customs, norms, and needs that govern the selection process itself. ese are not really as arcane or ritualistic as one might suspect. For the most part, these customs arise from the committee's eorts to deal in good faith with its own problems: incomprehension among disciplines, work overload, and the problem of equitably judging proposals that reect unlike social and academic circumstances.

7 Strategies for Tenure-Track Success​

Securing a tenure track position in this academic market is difficult. Of course, once you have such a position, the trials are not over, as you now have to work to achieve tenure. And the very thought of working toward tenure can be overwhelming.

However, I encourage tenure track faculty members not only to think about achieving tenure but to be strategic and focused to ensure you are on the right path. Even if tenure is a few years off, new tenure track faculty can take a few important steps now (other than, of course, work on publishing their dissertations, improving their courses and developing new research projects). Here are a few examples.

Tenure Stress: How to Cope and Succeed

Navigating the tenure process can be particularly challenging for women because the process often coincides with childbearing years. Some women choose to opt out of the tenure race early on, as they don't want to have to make the choice between a baby or tenure. Others, like Clancy, approach it with caution, realizing that the decision to have a child and career can often have perilous implications on future job prospects. As one report noted in 2013, among tenured faculty, only 44 percent of women are married with children compared to 70 percent of men.

Get a Life, PhD: Succeed in Academia and Have a Life Too (Blog)

Tanya Golash-Boza is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She has published five books and 53 articles and book chapters. Her latest book Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism (NYU 2016) was awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award from the Latino/a Studies Section of the American Sociological Association. Her textbook, Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach (Oxford University Press 2018) provides a critical overview of contemporary race scholarship. In this blog, she shares advice that will help you balance life and work and attain a happier life on the tenure track. 

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