Speaking at the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting this month, Ohio State University's Michael Ibba said that one of the most anti-climactic moments of an academic career occurs "when the tenure clock stops ticking." Most academic faculty, he said, tend to think that "'If I just get tenure it's going to be the greatest thing that ever happened to me.' … But the reality is that, if you get this right, getting tenure will be without a doubt one of the greatest anti-climactics of your career." An associate professor on the tenure track ought to be aware of what his or her institu

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