Week One on the New Job

Chronicle of Higher Education-David D. Perlmutter is dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He writes the 'Career Confidential' advice column for The Chronicle. His book, Promotion and Tenure Confidential, was published by Harvard University Press in 2010.

During my initial week on the tenure track, I set an example of incompetence that, to my knowledge, no other assistant professor has emulated. I lost the key to my new office—twice.

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David D. Perlmutter is dean of the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University. He writes the "Career Confidential" advice column for The Chronicle. His book, Promotion and Tenure Confidential, was published by Harvard University Press in 2010.

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