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Overview of Promotion and Tenure in Academia and Industry Overview of Promotion and Tenure in Academia and Industry Presentation Transcript

  • Overview of Promotion and Tenure in Academia and Industry
    Surprising and Not So Surprising Similarities and Differences
    1
    Richard E. Klabunde, Ph.D.
    Department of Biomedical Sciences
    Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Athens, Ohio
    • Professional Growth
    • Career Paths for Biomedical Scientists
    Academic institutions
    Non-academic institutions
    • Promotion vs. Tenure
    2
    Outline
  • Professional Growth
    Job vs. Career
    Career Goals
    Early Career Choices
    3
    • Most scientists want a professional career, not just a job and paycheck
    • Scientists by nature possess a natural curiosity and desire for discovery
    • Scientists work hard and are willing to sacrifice
    Begins with commitment to many years of education and training
    Continues throughout career
    4
    Job vs. Career
    • Career goals need to be:
    Clearly defined, yet flexible
    Consistent with who you are and what you value
    • Do you want freedom to be creative in what you do?
    • How important is job security?
    • How important are your interests outside of “work”?
    Achievable (i.e., realistic)
    5
    Career Goals
    • The choice you make for your “first job” significantly affects your career path
    e.g., Small liberal arts college vs. medical school vs. drug company
    Your choice needs to align with your strengths and passions
    • Your progress and accomplishments during the first several years of your first job generally sets the stage for your long-term career growth
    6
    Importance of Early Career Decisions
  • Career Paths
    Academic institutions
    Non-academic institutions
    7
    • Types
    Colleges and universities (undergraduate vs. graduate)
    Medical and other professional schools
    • Faculty vs. administrative tracks
    Faculty -> Tenured Faculty
    Faculty -> Tenured Faculty + Administrators (e.g., department chairs, curriculum directors)
    Faculty -> Tenured Faculty -> Administrators
    8
    Academic Institutions
    • Types
    Pharmaceutical & medical device
    Contract research organizations
    Private research institutes and hospitals
    Government (e.g., NIH, NSF, FDA, USDA)
    • Research vs. management tracks
    Advancement often comes with increased management responsibilities (e.g., team leadership)
    Scientific management taken from ranks of proven senior scientists
    9
    Non-Academic Institutions
  • Promotion vs. Tenure (P&T)
    What is the difference?
    Academic vs. non-academic institutions
    10
    • Promotion is an advancement in rank based on contributions to the institution (and beyond) as well as years of service
    e.g., assistant professor -> associate professor
    e.g., junior scientist -> senior scientist
    • Tenure
    A recognition by the academic institution that an individual has achieved a high level of productivity and recognition as a scholar and teacher
    Tenure provides a high degree of academic freedom and job security by the institution with the expectation that the individual will remain a productive scholar and teacher for life
    11
    Difference between Promotion and Tenure
    • Typical progression
    • Teaching, research and service are evaluated
    Relative weight depends on the institution
    • e.g., research university vs. liberal arts college
    • Evidence of accomplishments
    Teaching evaluations & awards, publications, grants, institutional committees, service to professional societies
    Internal and external evaluations required
    • The above will be described in detail by Drs. Walters and Geist
    12
    Career Progression in Academic Institutions
    P&T
    P&T
    Assist Prof
    (non-tenured)
    Assoc Prof
    (tenured)
    Full Prof
    (tenured)
    • Example of career progression
    • No tenure!
    • Based on research and personnel management
    Research reports/publications, patents
    • Quality and quantity
    • Deadlines achieved
    Collaborative and leadership skills are highly valued
    Bottom-line: meeting corporate goals
    • The above will be described in detail by Dr. Alonso-Galicia
    13
    Career Progression in Non-Academic Institutions
    Research
    Fellow
    Sr. Research
    Fellow
    Scientist
    Sr. Scientist
    Management Tract
    • Similarities include:
    Requirement for research or scholarly activities
    Promotion based on productivity and recognition
    Administrative/management tracks
    • Differences include:
    Tenure in academic institutions
    Expectations for research and how research is assessed
    Expectations for teaching and service
    Institutional goals
    14
    Summary of Similarities & Differences Between Academic and Non-Academic Institutions