Off The Tenure Track

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Faculty Success Off the Tenure Track
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small graphic showing a magnifying glass According to the AAUP, “non-tenure-track positions of all types now account for 76 percent of all instructional staff appointments in American higher education.” What kinds of work do faculty do in such roles? What are some of the benefits and challenges of pursuing a faculty career off the tenure track?

AAUP on the Status of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty. A report from the American Association of University Professors offers an overview of how faculty positions have shifted from largely tenured to largely non-tenure track in recent years.

Satisfaction and Discontent: Voices of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty. This page describes a study of the working conditions and motivations of non-tenure track faculty.

How To Be Off the Tenure Track and Love It. Gina Brandolino, a lecturer at U-M, explores four common misconceptions about non-tenure track jobs.

Faculty Success Off the Tenure Track. This video from the 2013 PFF conference features panelists in a range of fields who have thrived in many different kinds of faculty positions:
  • Laura Schram, Assistant Director, CRLT (Facilitator)
  • Melanie Boyd, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Lecturer, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University
  • Carolyn Kuranz, Assistant Research Scientist, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, U-M
  • Jeff Ringenberg, Lecturer IV, Computer Science Engineering, U-M
  • Naomi Silver, Associate Director and Lecturer IV, Sweetland Center for Writing, U-M



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