Pre-tenure life recommendations
May 29, 2012 8:39 PM Subscribe
Pre-tenure life: what are your recommendations?
posted by anonymous to education (7 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I did it. I got the awesome R1 TT job.
The good news is that my tenure requirements aren't *horrible* (I'm coming in half-way there (and it counts), have enough things in submissions or in progress that I'll probably be able to go up early or at least I'm not worried about my tenure case.)
The bad news is that I've been working my ass off for the past 2 years getting things published, securing a book contract, going to conferences, networking, going to invited lectures, becoming co-PI on projects, writing and securing grants... all the things that "got me" the TT job. I work all the time - days, nights, weekends. I have sacrificed my family relationships (I am married and have children.) I have sacrificed my health. I have sacrificed personal time.
So how do I slow down? (And any other pre-tenure advice is welcome.)
I'm still willing to work extremely hard, but I am deeply concerned about the long term sustainability of working this hard. Moreover, my grad school faculty members - where I haven't been in a few years - have expressed concern about the possibility of me burning out. Colleagues at similar levels to me have also conveyed worry about me burning out. All of these people work extremely hard too and know what it takes to succeed. Their concern is a big wake up call to me.