Workshop What NOT to do to become a professor

Dear ladies,

See the UT Nieuws article from the FFNT New Year lunch

“What NOT to do to become a professor?”

on Monday 14th January

from 12.30 till 14.30 in Drienerburght building

In the days of publish and perish in academia on the one hand, and the increasing departmental demands for teaching and committee work we often ask ourselves- how I can fulfill these multiple competing tasks and advance my career? Are all of them equally beneficial for my career advancement on the way towards a full professorship?

Have you heard of the ‘tenure-track trap’ as it is commonly called in the US but is applicable to all academics who aim to be promoted? It is about spending all the time on teaching and service, promising yourself to write on during the holidays or teaching breaks, and then making little progress because you are exhausted from over-functioning in other aspects of your job. As a result you are using the breaks to physically and mentally recover and not writing. This results in the experiences of guilt and stress over the lack of productivity. In the next promotion discussion it is difficult to show your excellence in everything- teaching, research, funding acquisition, contribution to the department –it is as if the management wants a sheep with five legs.

So how to ensure the balance between all the activities and to focus on what is IMPORTANT for your career advancement? How to focus on the aspects of your jobs that you like and at the same time- how to make the right priorities? FFNT invites you to a New Year’s lunch discussion which will provide you with the tips and tricks on What NOT to do to become a professor. We plan a lunch discussion featuring five professors from different faculties at the University of Twente who have been highly successful in their careers. They will share with us their advice based on their career stories to help us to prioritize in our work.

Four round-table discussions will feature our guests:

Opening by Prof. Karen.I. van Oudenhoven-van der Zee, Dean, GW

Roundtable discussions: Prof. Sawitri Saharso, MB, Prof. Ariana Need, MB, Prof. Jennifer Herek, TNW, Prof. Ellen Giebels, GW

We look forward to seeing you at this New Year’s event,

Liudvika Leisyte

FFNT Chair