For those who don’t follow me on Twitter, I thought I should share the news here: I received word from my department chair today that my promotion to Full Professor of Physics and Optical Science at UNCC was approved!
If you’re unfamiliar, there are typically 3 stages of promotion for faculty at U.S. universities. One is hired as a tenure track Assistant Professor. After about 5 years, one goes up for tenure and, if earned, becomes an Associate Professor with tenure. Finally, after a comparable amount of time, if the faculty member has demonstrated that they have become a prominent member of their field and an essential member of the department, college, and university, they can earn promotion to Full Professor. It is the highest rank a faculty member can earn, and I’ve done it!
You may ask, what does a “Full Professor” do with themselves? Well, I’m of course new to the field, but this is my impression, in gif form, of how it goes.
I hope that clears things up!