Cramming for Tenure, Earlier Than Planned

by E Wayne Ross on September 25, 2009

The Chronicle: Q&A: Cramming for Tenure, Earlier Than Planned

Christy L. Haynes, an assistant professor of chemistry, expected to apply for tenure a year from now, or even later. But her department chairman at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities told her that her work was ready and encouraged her to apply this year. Ms. Haynes, who studies nanoparticles and how they affect the way cells communicate with one another, pushed to assemble her tenure dossier and is preparing for a September 29 “tenure talk,” a presentation about her research for professors in her department and from chemistry departments at other institutions¬≠.