A Call for Clarity

The first in a series on what assistant professors want and need to be successful in academe

Yogi Berra once quipped, "You gotta be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." Assistant professors on the tenure track couldn't agree more.

In national survey data collected from 2005 to 2007 by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, we found that pre-tenure faculty members are least clear about the standards for tenure and