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From Perilous to Permanent

Achieving Academic Promotion

ISBN: 978-1-78756-902-7, eISBN: 978-1-78756-899-0

Publication date: 28 January 2019


The pursuit of becoming a professor is intensely competitive and fraught with personal and academic complexities. This chapter reflects the author’s post-PhD experience of being “on the market.” The author explores some of the challenges and strategic considerations of gaining a fixed-term contract in hope of securing a coveted tenure track position. The author’s advice for promotion from “perilous to permanent” status is driven by two questions: “what do I want?” and “what’s the best use of my time?” This chapter will be of interest to an international audience including PhD candidates, early career researchers, and those going “back on the job market.”



Tatebe, J. (2019), "From Perilous to Permanent", Mahat, M. and Tatebe, J. (Ed.) Achieving Academic Promotion (Surviving and Thriving in Academia), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 29-42.



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