Tenure-Track Expectations in a Nebulous Environment
- promotion and tenure,
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I joined the research and instruction department of an R1 university soon after library school. Approximately six months after my arrival, that department split in half. The shifting work environment, coupled with the newness of the job, presented several challenges, particularly dealing with interdepartmental tension and navigating contradictory priorities among colleagues. New librarians are often encouraged to bring innovative ideas to the table, but ambition and change are not always welcomed by seasoned professionals with preexisting notions about librarianship. I will examine the added stress of maintaining collegial relationships and finding professional identity in delicate and unfamiliar conditions.