Independence and Impact in the University Tenure Line
Faculty members are responsible for building an independent research program. While the School and department will provide support and guidance, each faculty member is ultimately responsible for his or her career trajectory.
Senior author publications, and some first author publications, demonstrate independence and originality as an investigator.
Upon starting at Stanford as an assistant professor, new faculty often continue to collaborate with previous mentors on some projects and publish with them. This is acceptable and expected.
However, it is important to begin to publish original research as senior author, without a mentor’s name in the author list, during the first term at Stanford (or around the time of the reappointment review), such that a pattern of impact as an independent scholar can be established well prior to commencement of the tenure review.
Fundamental contributions that do not appear in first/last authored traditional publications should be captured in other ways (e.g., candidate’s statement, CV annotation) and should be discussed during annual counseling meetings.
While external grant funding is not a strict requirement for the University Tenure Line or for tenure, it is an asset in demonstrating independence and confirming stature in the field.