What’s productive enough for tenure?

Although I do think it’s got something to do with being a snowflake (https://jbrittholbrook.com/2013/06/21/snowflake-indicators-postmodern-research-evaluation-part-5-of/), I also see some food for thought and wisdom in this post (which I found on Twitter courtesy of @egonwillighagen).

imageA lot hand wringing on the tenure track (and the job hunt) is about publication number and venue. I don’t think I have much more to say on venue (other than I do get the sense that perceptions might be starting to shift), but number is interesting. My operating assumption here is, with apologies to Dobzhansky, Nothing in academic careerism makes sense except in light of local tribal norms. This is why all attempts to have standard metrics (alt* or otherwise) are doomed and ridiculous. The relevant tribes here are your field, department, and university. Look at these tribes, because Twitter and blogs don’t have these answers, and you will go crazy trying to parse and apply the various norms of other tribes in your own context.

I was thinking of this because recently Potnia Theron (who is on a tear of incredibly useful blogging) blogged about someone who was…

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