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REBOUND: It never feels good to be rejected, and Sean Dorrance Kelly's experience was no exception. It hurt, he says, when Princeton University's philosophy department turned down his tenure bid in 2004.

"I wondered if I'd have to leave the discipline," he says. "Maybe I wouldn't be able to be a philosopher."

But Mr. Kelly, who is 38, has bounced back, and in a big way. He has had offers of tenure from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Northwestern Universities, along with the