"Sitting down with a young and brilliant mathematician, I asked
what he thought were his biggest problems in working toward tenure.
Instead of describing difficulties with his equations or his
software programs, he lamented that (a) his graduate assistant
wasn't completing his tasks on time, (b) his department chair
didn't seem to care if junior faculty obtained grants, and (c) a
senior professor kept glaring at him in faculty meetings. He knew
he could handle the intellectual side of being an academic-but what
about the people side? 'Why didn't they offer "Being a Professor
101" in graduate school?' he wondered."
Promotion and Tenure Confidential provides that course
in an astute and practical book, which shows that P&T is not
just about research, teaching, and service but also about human
relations and political good sense. Drawing on research and
extensive interviews with junior and senior faculty across many
institutions, David D. Perlmutter provides clear-sighted guidance
on planning and managing an academic career, from graduate school
to tenure and beyond.
- making the transformation from student and protégé to teacher
- seeking out and holding onto lifelong allies
- how to manage your online reputation and avoid "death by
- what to say and what not to say to deans and department
- how meeting deadlines wins points with everyone in your
- how, when, and to whom to say "no"
- when and how to look for a new job when you have a job
- how (and whom) to ask for letters of recommendation
- what to do if you know you're not going to get tenure