Advice for the PUI theorist approaching the tenure decision

Just when you’ve settled into your institution, and you’re starting to get the hang of this faculty thing, the tenure decision will be right around the corner. Here are some things to consider as you approach this important career milepost. – Your Local Environment Keep in mind that standards for tenure are different in different […]

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Some Grant-Writing Resources

articles on grant-writing Debunking Some Myths About Grant Writing, by Kenneth T. Henson (Chronicle of Higher Education) Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal, by S.J. Levine (Michigan State University) Proposal Writer’s Guide by D. Thackrey (University of Michigan) Ten Ways to Write a Better Grant: Sure You Need a Good Idea, But it’s More than […]

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Advice for the PUI theorist at mid-career

Mid-career is the period, typically a few years after tenure, in which theorists at PUI, despite having established solid research records, may find it difficult to maintain the pace of intellectual life they enjoyed pre-tenure. There are many strategies for mid-career faculty to maintain their enthusiasm and productivity, in spite of the many new duties […]

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Advice for the newly-hired PUI theorist

Congratulations; you got the job! Now what? The Anacapa Society has some suggestions to help you succeed as a theorist at your PUI. I. Precalculate your strategy New hires need to understand both formal and informal expectations of them, especially those for tenure*. This requires deciphering the formal documents (such as a faculty handbook and […]

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Some Funding Resources for Theorists at PUI

Broad searches for grants US government grants (includes NSF, DOE and more) Community of Science List of foundations and federal agencies Check with your institution to see if they subscribe to subscription services such as: SPIN search from InfoEd IRIS Your institution’s Grants Office/Office of Sponsored Research! Grants targeted for faculty at PUI Research Corporation Cottrell […]

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FAQ for Prospective PUI Theorists

Are you a theorist considering pursuing a faculty job at a primarily undergraduate institution? Here are answers to some questions you might have about becoming a PUI theorist. Q: What are undergraduate institutions looking for in my application? A: Priorities vary, but some combination of the following are likely required: Ability to teach across a […]

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