Tenure and Promotion in Academia

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections program hosted a webinar entitled “Preparing for Tenure and Promotion in Academia.”

During this webinar, two RWJF New Connections Alumni provided practical advice on tenure and promotion process in academia. Drawing on their own successful experiences with tenure as well as experiences of those they mentored, the presenters discussed:

  • Determining expectations for mid-tenure review, tenure review, and promotion to professor;
  • Suggestions for understanding and navigating the tenure process at your institution;
  • Negotiating salary and institutional benefits;
  • How to keep pace with your work and responsibilities while working towards promotion.

Thank you to our presenters, Keith Elder and Leah Robinson, for sharing their expertise and insights.

Keith Elder, PhD, MPH, MPA currently serves as Founding Dean and Professor of the School of Public Health at Samford University. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Elder served previously as Chair for the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University. He has also served as faculty at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health and the University of Alabama Birmingham’s School of Health Professions. Overall, he has served as principal investigator on funded projects by the Alzheimer’s Association, National Institutes of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He serves on the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Health Administration Education and Founding Editor in Chief of Aims Public Health.

Leah E. Robinson, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University, 2007) is an Associate Professor of Movement Science in the School of Kinesiology and Research Associate Professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. Her research agenda takes a developmental perspective to three complementary areas: motor skill acquisition, physical activity, and developmental health in young children. Her research has been or is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R03), National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (R01), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Robinson has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 6 published book chapters, and 2 policy reports. She also served on a scientific committee for the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.