Top 10 Tips for a Newly Tenured Professor

5 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2013 Last revised: 2 Jul 2013

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Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2013


Prospective and junior professors can find lots of advice in blogs about key milestones in a junior professor’s life cycle: how to get the first academic job, how to lateral from one institution to another, and how to get tenure.

In contrast, tenured professors don’t get a lot of guidance about what do with the rest of their career. It’s tempting to assume that if you’re good enough to get tenure, you’ll know what to do with it. However, it turns out my pre-tenure experiences hadn’t fully prepared me for what I encountered post-tenure. Based on my experiences, I prepared my top 10 recommendations for newly tenured professors.

Keywords: tenure, professor, academia, academics, advice

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Eric, Top 10 Tips for a Newly Tenured Professor (June 1, 2013). Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2013, Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-13, Available at SSRN:

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