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Published in Transforming the Academy: Struggles and Strategies for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education, Volume II, edited by Renee Martin. GrayMill, 2007.


Copyright 2007 GrayMill Publications.


The purpose of this manuscript is to report the findings of 25 years of observation, conversation, and study of the promotion and tenure challenges experienced by new or junior professors. New professors may encounter unique conditions as they begin their careers in higher education. As new professors share their "new learnings" about the professoriate, they uniformly report encountering a workplace that has no peer in the professional world. Based on these conversations with new professors about their experiences as they sought promotion and tenure, the following "tips" are offered to those who are new to the role of professor.