Part and parcel of the chair’s job is to prepare junior faculty to achieve success. In academic departments that typically means achieving tenure and promotion to associate professor. In my experience, the success of a junior faculty member has as much to do with what the department and chair do as with the faculty member’s native ability. Junior faculty need to learn what activities are rewarded and what are not, what strategies they may use during their probationary period to develop the evidence needed for a successful tenure case, and how to present their materials in their file—what evidence is needed, what arguments to make or avoid, and how to put it all together. To that end, one could argue that a chair whose faculty are not successful is not doing her or his job if the department has hired well. The ideas presented in this article offer chairs some approaches to providing the support junior faculty need to convert their abilities into a successful tenure case.
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