S125. You’re on the Tenure Track: Congratulations! Now What?

Salon F, Washington Convention Center, Level One
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Many writers hope to one day secure a tenure-track teaching position, but few have a clear idea of what the job actually entails. What are the course load, scholarship, and service demands, and how do you balance them? How do you assemble a successful tenure file? Is it possible to switch schools mid-career? Panelists—all tenured or tenure-track and from universities of varying sizes—discuss strategies for navigating toward the tenure decision and beyond.



Joe Oestreich is the author of Partisans, Lines of Scrimmage, and Hitless Wonder. His work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, the Normal School, Esquire, and many other magazines and journals. He teaches at Coastal Carolina University, where he directs the MA in writing program.

Erica Dawson is the author of two books of poetry: Big-Eyed Afraid and The Small Blades Hurt. With a PhD from the University of Cincinnati, she is assistant professor of English and writing at University of Tampa.

Caitlin Horrocks is author of This Is Not Your City plus a forthcoming novel and story collection. Her work appears in the New YorkerBest American Short StoriesPEN/O. Henry Prize StoriesPushcart Prize anthology, and others. An editor at the Kenyon Review, she teaches at Grand Valley State University.

Marcus Jackson studied poetry at NYU and as a Cave Canem fellow. His poems have appeared in such publications as the American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, and the New Yorker. Author of the collection Neighborhood Register, he teaches in the MFA program at The Ohio State University.

Joey Franklin is the author of My Wife Wants You to Know I'm Happily Married, and his essays have recently appeared in Hunger MountainGettysburg Review, and The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Brigham Young University.


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