For those that are applying to visiting assistant professor positions, do you happen to know if these types of positions give you any start-up money for research? I know some of them are mainly designed to give people more teaching experience, but it looks like some would like someone who engages in active research. Also, can these positions turn in to tenure-track positions?
Date: 12 Nov 2009 20:38
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I think these positions really vary. I'm in one now (at a large research 1 school) and have very little hope that it will turn into a TT position. The professors in my area know me well and know that I am research productive, but the other faculty in the department (including the former department chair) tend to think of me as a lecturer even though I teach fewer classes and run an active research lab. There tends to be very little research support for these types of positions as (particularly now), schools are funneling their limited resources toward their junior TT faculty to make sure they have what they need to get tenure and stay at the institution. I'm not eligible for any internal faculty grants or awards because I'm not TT. I hope this doesn't sound too depressing. I actually like my position quite a bit- I teach 5 classes a year and almost all are repeats. It was a great back up plan for me. But don't get your hopes up about it turning into a TT position.
I'm in my second visiting position. The first one had an excellent chance of being converted into t/t, but then wasn't because of the economy. Frustrating! The one I am in now has no chance of being converted (they told me this up front), but I know it happening a lot to other visitors at this school. I think it just has a lot to do with what is going on in the department - do you fill a permanent need, or are you just replacing someone? Are they in the financial position to make a new hire? In any case, I think its a good idea to make yourself invaluable to the department. If a job opp comes up there, great and if not, you'll at least have a great letter of rec!