Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Symposium #85
Lessons Learned on the Tenure Track
Saturday, May 24, 2008
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Area: EDC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Barbara A. Metzger (Sam Houston State University)
Discussant: Cynthia G. Simpson (Sam Houston State University)
Abstract: This session is designed for beginning faculty on the tenure track who are interested in practical strategies for surviving and progressing through the tenure process. Recommendations for collaboration; the mentoring process; fighting the immediate contingencies of teaching and service vs. the delayed ones of research, writing, and publication; social contingencies; and finding balance between personal and professional demands will be addressed.
Tenure in Texas: Survival Strategies.
BARBARA A. METZGER (Sam Houston State University), Vicky Spencer (Sam Houston State University)
Abstract: How do you balance the need for having a life and the demands of tenure? Is it possible to get everything done that needs to be done? We will share our different approaches to finding balance between personal and professional responsibilities. We will share advice that has been passed on to us by experienced faculty as well as a share strategies that have worked for us including: finding a writing partner, scheduling a regular writing meeting, meeting social demands, avoiding becoming a member of the chronically discontent club, and discovering the unwritten rules to tenure.
The Tenure Track at University of North Carolina, Wilmington: Life in the Fast Lanes (Teaching, Research, and Service).
RUTH M. HURST (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Christine E. Hughes (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Wendy Donlin Washington (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)
Abstract: University of North Carolina, Wilmington has a growing psychology department and has recently added a masters level concentration in applied behavior analysis that has received BACB approval for both coursework and intensive practicum experience required for BCBA examination. Accordingly, UNCW has recently hired three behavior analysis faculty members. As UNCW tenure-track psychology faculty members, we are mentored by senior faculty and evaluated annually on three different dimensions: teaching, research, and service. The evaluative dimensions will be defined and discussed. Further, the tenure process and expectations will be briefly reviewed. The bulk of the presentation will be spent identifying and discussing strategies that appear helpful to the success of tenure-track faculty.
Building Research for Tenure at a Research-Oriented University.
YA-YU LO (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), Charles L. Wood (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
Abstract: Excellence in three distinct areas of teaching, research, and service is equally essential for tenure and promotion. However, evidence in research activities such as publications, presentations, and grant writing may become a major determining factor in tenure decisions, especially in research-oriented institutions. The presenters will share strategies and tips in establishing ongoing research activities, including but not limited to participating in research teams, supervising student-initiated research, and collaborating with colleagues and local schools.



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