Getting tenure may be one of the most long, complicated and difficult quests that one can face. It is much easier and doable if you have a coach. Find out what a tenure coach does…
If you are a junior professor, you want to do everything you possibly can to increase your chance of getting tenured.
The journey towards tenure is like a marathon race. You have to maintain your momentum during a long, long run. You need to keep track of many aspects of the race, such as the twists and turns of the road, your competitors and your training. And most world-class runners have a coach.
- A tenure coach, like a sports coach, will help you maintain your momentum — with research, teaching, writing and publishing.
- When you are dispirited, a tenure coach will help remind you of your long-term goals and stay the course.
- If you are overfocusing on one area at the expense of others, a coach will make sure you don’t overlook other areas of your career.
- The politics and personalities of a department can be difficult to negotiate — a tenure coach can keep you on an even track.
- A coach will stay abreast of the latest techniques in such areas as teaching and time management.
- A coach will provide support and encouragement when you need it most.
- A tenure coach maintains a confidential relationship so that you can talk about issues that you cannot discuss with others.
How do I know if a tenure coach is right for me?
- Contact Gina at Gina [at] AcademicLadder [dot] com
- Discuss any questions you have with Gina
- Find out whether there are any phone groups that are available and whether a phone coaching group would be appropriate for you.