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Review of Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year by J.M. Lang

Beronda L. Montgomery (Beronda L. Montgomery, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 1 January 2006




To provide an introspective review of one author's account of his first year in a tenure‐track academic career and general recommendations that can be drawn therefrom.


A critique of the book Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year is presented to assist individuals pursuing or newly engaged in a tenure‐track academic position or to aid those serving as mentors of pre‐tenure faculty members. Areas addressed are balancing professional and personal life domains, teaching, research, service, publishing and tenure.


A central theme emerges suggesting that more information and formal and informal guidance are needed to assist new faculty members during the transition into academic positions. A number of practical suggestions and resources are provided.

Practical implications

A practical resource for new faculty members and graduate students planning to pursue a position in academia. Also a valuable source for administrators or senior faculty members supervising junior colleagues who have recently obtained a tenure‐track position.


This review identifies and expounds upon salient suggestions provided by author James Lang for surviving the first year of a tenure‐track position.



Montgomery, B.L. (2006), "Review of Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year by J.M. Lang", On the Horizon, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 22-24.



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