Development and Use of a Tool to Guide Junior Faculty in Their Progression Toward Promotion and Tenure

Linda Garand, Judith T. Matthews, Karen L. Courtney, Marilyn Davies, Jennifer H. Lingler, Elizabeth A. Schlenk, Kyeongra Yang, Catherine M. Bender, Lora E. Burke

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Junior faculty have multiple roles and need to participate in a variety of activities that increase their likelihood of achieving promotion and tenure. Yet, these faculty often struggle when deciding how and when to expend effort along their career trajectory. In response to the need for structured guidance when setting priorities and making decisions about time management, faculty from a school of nursing at a research university have developed and begun to use a faculty progression tool. Introduced during orientation, this tool helps junior faculty weigh the relative importance of engaging in specific activities by offering a time frame and suggestions for prioritizing and pacing efforts to accomplish critical milestones. Although primarily aimed at tenure stream faculty in a research-intensive environment, this faculty progression tool serves as a model that may be modified for environments with less focus on research. Likewise, it may provide a foundation for development of a similar tool for nontenure stream faculty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-213
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


  • Faculty progression
  • Junior faculty
  • Promotion
  • Tenure


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