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