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02-14-2008, 09:25 PM
How long does it usually take to get tenure? Is it fairly stable or does it greatly vary depending on individuals and academic institutions?
Are programs with PhD programs the only one's that tend to offer low teaching loads to their professors? It seems obvious that schools with PhD programs generally have low teaching loads (I think about 3 - 4 courses per year). And it seems obvious that LACs and small state schools have high teaching loads (6 - 8 courses per year). But what about other schools? For example, there are probably some large well-known state schools that don't have a PhD program in Economics, yet the school is still generally a research institution. What would one expect the teaching load to be for economists at such an institution? Is the job more research oriented or teaching oriented?
At what type of academic institution would professors probably have the most opportunity and time for outside activities (consulting, working for think tanks, etc)? The reason I am asking is because if I become an academic, and if I got tenure, I think I would probably like to pick up some outside activities. Do you think it'd be easier to do this if you were a professor at a LAC, or large state school with PhD program, or something in between?

02-14-2008, 11:11 PM
Not all the answers you're looking for, but some links that might provide good background:



http://community.middlebury.edu/~colander/articles/hiring%20of%20an%20economistfinal.pdf (http://community.middlebury.edu/%7Ecolander/articles/hiring%20of%20an%20economistfinal.pdf)

02-14-2008, 11:34 PM
Check out this old thread: http://www.urch.com/forums/phd-economics/71484-tenure-sure-after-getting-econ-phd.html.

02-15-2008, 07:41 PM
Nobody has insights to these questions? I figured that many of you guys would have something to say, even if it's just speculation or anecdotal evidence.

02-16-2008, 02:02 AM
(1) and (2) are answered in the links that buckykatt posted.