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Greta: Now fully professorial!

Greta has been promoted to the rank of full professor! Congratulations, Greta, you’ve completed your ascent of the mountain of academe:

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When I mentioned this news to a friend at our Sunday pick-up soccer game, he asked me “so… what does that mean?” Good question.

First of all, it means she gets a raise. That’s always a good thing, right? But it doesn’t mean she gets tenure: at most schools, tenure accompanies the promotion from assistant to associate professor. Greta got tenure seven years ago. At Davidson, it means that she is eligible to participate in certain committees, with greater responsibility (depending on your perspective, that may or may not be a good thing).

Promotion to full professor is not a matter of “punching the clock” — it’s not automatically awarded after a certain number of years. Many associate professors are never promoted to full professor.

So now that Greta’s attained this position, what’s next? Actually, there is no higher rank for professors. She could move on to administrative positions, but she has assured me she has no interest in that, so I imagine she’ll simply continue doing what she’s always done: strive to excel in teaching, research, and service. She loves her job, she’s doing exactly what she wants, and now she has a job title to match her achievements.

Please join me in the comments in congratulating Dr. Margaret P. Munger, Professor of Psychology!

Comments

  1. #1 Fletcher
    February 5, 2007

    Congratulations!

  2. #2 coturnix
    February 5, 2007

    Fantastic! Congratulations!

  3. #3 kingkrispy
    February 5, 2007

    Congrats.

  4. #4 steve
    February 5, 2007

    congrats! 🙂

  5. #5 Tara C. Smith
    February 5, 2007

    Congrats!

  6. #6 Eva
    February 5, 2007

    Congratulations! Also, that ridge looks like it’s on the edge of the entire universe, defying all reasonable science!

  7. #7 Abel Pharmboy
    February 5, 2007

    What a tremendous accomplishment, Greta – congratulations! As Dave says, reaching full professor brings with it great stature but also responsibilities that might be good and not-so-good. But regardless of the duties, you are an excellent role model for other young profs – and Davidson is lucky to have you!

    Fabulous news!

  8. #8 Chad Orzel
    February 5, 2007

    Congratulations!

  9. #9 Chris
    February 5, 2007

    Congratulations!

  10. #10 steve
    February 5, 2007

    p.s. now you can help get me a job at your esteemed institution in a few more years 😉

  11. #11 Camphor
    February 5, 2007

    Congratulations!

  12. #12 Dave Munger
    February 5, 2007

    Steve:

    Actually, she has no more influence on hiring decisions than she did before. At Davidson, the dividing line between participating / not participating in hiring is drawn between Assistant and Associate. If she was department chair (unlikely), she might have a bit more say, but a hiring decision is still made by the whole department.

    But by all means, if they’re hiring when you’re finished with grad school, feel free to apply!

    But read Chad’s advice first.

  13. #13 RBH
    February 5, 2007

    PZ wrote

    Actually, there is no higher rank for professors. She could move on to administrative positions, but she has assured me she has no interest in that, so I imagine she’ll simply continue doing what she’s always done: strive to excel in teaching, research, and service.

    Having been both a full professor and an (interim) academic administrator, I can say with confidence that the move from the former to the latter is a step down. 🙂

    Congratulations, Greta.

  14. #14 RBH
    February 5, 2007

    Oops. PZ didn’t write that — CG did. Ah, well.

  15. #15 Nora
    February 5, 2007

    Congrats!!
    (I can’t spell the big version.)

  16. #16 Katherine Sharpe
    February 5, 2007

    That’s wonderful news! Add me to the cacophany of congratulators!

  17. #17 Larry Moran
    February 5, 2007

    Congratulations Greta. The next significant step is retirement. 🙂

  18. #18 Patrick Fleury
    February 5, 2007

    The best thing about being a full professor is that you never have to be evaluated for promotion to full professor anymore.

    –PatF (Happy EX-Full Professor.)

  19. #19 Bob
    February 5, 2007

    Congrats…

    You are now officially “dead wood”…

    🙂

  20. #20 Sunil Bajpai
    February 5, 2007

    Congratulations, Dr Margaret Munger, for the fine achievement!

    Wish you great success with your new role and responsibilities!!

  21. #21 revere
    February 6, 2007

    Congratulations from me, too. Actually there is one more step: Professor Emeritus. I’m just about there. Sigh.

  22. #22 steve
    February 8, 2007

    Dave,
    haha.. yeah I realize that 😉
    I actually don’t think I’m going to be qualified to teach at a smaller school since I don’t really do much in the way of teaching – but perhaps that will change.

  23. #23 Phronk
    February 8, 2007

    That’s a huge accomplishment. Congrats!

  24. #24 Aaron
    February 12, 2007

    Congratulations Dr. Munger! 😀

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