Fewer Paths for Faculty

With limited opportunities to move, many senior professors feel stuck

With Limited Opportunities to Move, Many Senior Professors Feel Stuck 1

Randy Lyhus for The Chronicle

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Randy Lyhus for The Chronicle

At some point in many professors' careers, they want to move.

They want to upgrade to a more-prestigious university, a bigger salary, and better facilities. Some professors want to go where research collaborations are more plentiful. Others want to get away from toxic politics in their current departments.

But in the wake of the recession, this once tried-and-true method of recasting an academic career now eludes many faculty members. Faculty mobility has been restricted as