F109. Should I Stay or Should I Go: Re-visioning the Tenure Track

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Three fiction writers and two poets consider the pros and cons of entering, and staying on, the tenure track. In an increasingly competitive job market, when is chasing the tenure-track dream worth it, and when is it time to walk away? Topics include best practices for landing a tenure-track job, whether a PhD is necessary, negotiating job offers, teaching institutions versus research universities, when a visiting gig might be a better fit, and when to prioritize happiness over the tenure track.


Rebecca Lehmann is the author of the poetry collection Between the Crackups, winner of the Crashaw Prize. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Ploughshares, Tin House, and Boston Review. She is an assistant professor of English at Saint Mary's College in Indiana.

Joanna Luloff is the author of the short story collection The Beach at Galle Road and the forthcoming novel Remind Me Again What Happened. She is an assistant professor at The University of Colorado Denver where she edits fiction and nonfiction for Copper Nickel.

V.V. Ganeshananthan's debut novel, Love Marriage, was longlisted for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World's Best of 2008. Her work has appeared in Granta and The New York Times, among others. She teaches at the University of Minnesota and was a 2014 NEA and Radcliffe Fellow.

Valerie Wetlaufer holds a PhD from the University of Utah and an MFA from Florida State University. She is the author of Call Me by My Other Name and the Lambda Award-winning poetry collection Mysterious Acts by My People. She is an adjunct professor of English at Mount Mercy University in Iowa.

Sara Schaff is the author of Say Something Nice About Me. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan, she has taught at the University of Michigan and Oberlin College and currently teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting at St. Lawrence University.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside