A Time for Every Purpose

Dec 14 2011 Published by under [Education&Careers]

Last week I got the bad news that I had to prepare a tenure package for my new job. While not as difficult as packing or selling a house, revising your CV is not an incentive to move. My new employer wants stuff organized differently than the prior university. I just spent 3 hours figuring out what goes where.

I'm not certain I have it right.

Yes, I could have handed this off to my assistant, but I suspect it would have taken even longer. If I have trouble knowing whether something is a "presentation" or a "continuing education contribution", I do not know that she would be able to parse these subtleties either.

I had some patient cancellations today, so I had the block of time to get it done. Now I just have to figure out which full professors in my department have tenure and can write letters. Maybe I have even met some of them!

It almost makes me wish the NIH Biosketch were a complete CV. Then we would have a national standard that everyone would follow. Reviewers would hate it, but I would have the last few hours of my life back.

Next up: I have to write my career narrative. All things considered, I'd rather be blogging!

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