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The Tenure Project

Created with a singular purpose: To increase the number of junior business faculty of color receiving tenure

Business schools have been called to lead and invest in efforts to build a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable community. The role of the business school professor has become increasingly important in this work. Students cite the diversity of their faculty as an important indicator of the inclusive climate of their schools, and the promotion and advancement of faculty of color has received increasing attention in recent years. 

We all have work to do in this area. Faculty of color are most likely to be Assistant Professors, and the number of faculty of color decreases sharply with each step in the  promotion ladder. In addition, faculty of color are least likely to report that their university is supporting diversity and inclusionBy increasing the chances that Assistant Professors of color go up for and receive tenure, we help to attract a more historically underrepresented student population, further academic research by scholars of color, and further support companies’ goals.

The Tenure Project conference will be held at the UW Foster School of Business in Summer 2022 from August 1-4, 2022. Click here for 2022 Conference Schedule.

Tenure Project objectives

The Tenure Project was created to support Underrepresented Minorities (URM), i.e., Black, Indigenous, and Latinx pre-tenure scholars in US business schools. Building from the successful model developed by The PhD Project, we will convene an annual conference designed to achieve several interrelated goals:

Building community to connect junior faculty of color to each other, to senior faculty who can serve as mentors and sponsors, and to external community members who can help accelerate their research. 

Supporting research by Assistant Professors of color by providing access or connection to resources (e.g., data, funding, connections), time and space for faculty to develop research and programming designed to hone and refine research skills.

Creating intentional spaces to discuss the issues that are specific to junior faculty of color such as self care, the emotional labor associated with potential tokenism, increased demands on time, responding to microaggressions, and more. 

The Tenure Project FAQ

Q: What is The Tenure Project?

The Tenure Project has been created with a singular purpose in mind: to increase the chances that under-represented junior faculty receive tenure at research universities. Building from the successful model developed by The PhD Project, we will convene an annual conference designed to build community, support research and create intentional spaces to discuss the issues that are specific to junior faculty of color such as self care, the emotional labor associated with potential tokenism, increased demands on time, responding to microaggressions, and more. 

Q: When is the first conference?

The first conference will be August 1-4, 2022 in Seattle, WA. Click here to register for the conference.

Q: What will we do during the conference?

During this three day conference, there will be panels to professional development topics (e.g., tenure packet prep and meet the editors sessions), panels to discuss issues unique to being an under-represented scholar (self care, responding to microaggressons, etc) and time for community building and informal networking. Stay tuned for a more detailed schedule!

Q: How much does it cost to attend?

We will cover junior faculty conference attendees’ conference registration fees, meals, lodging at Residence Inn University District and provide a $400 honorarium to help cover travel costs and incidentals.

Q: Is The Tenure Project for me?

The Tenure Project was created to support Underrepresented Minorities (URM), i.e., Black, Indigenous, and Latinx pre-tenure scholars in US business schools. Our goal is to increase the number of tenured URM faculty in business schools. 

Q: I am not a PhD Project Faculty Member, can I still join The Tenure Project?

Yes! It is not necessary to have participated in the PhD Project to join The Tenure Project.

Q: I am not a tenure track Assistant Professor, can I still join The Tenure Project?

Postdocs who are in business schools are welcome to join the Tenure Project. Visiting Assistant Professors in business schools are also welcome.

If you are a tenured faculty interested in attending, please email the Senior Planning Committee in your discipline to indicate your interest in being a mentor or speaker.

Teaching track faculty seeking tenure are welcome to join the Tenure Project conference, but please recognize that many of the events are focused on research and publishing. 

Q: I am not a US Citizen, can I still join The Tenure Project?

Currently, the Tenure Project is focused on supporting junior faculty with US citizenship.  Our intention is to create safe spaces for junior faculty to discuss and recognize the biases and challenges to equity for Black, Latinx and Native scholars within the US context.  Please reach out if you have questions about eligibility.

Q: Are junior (non tenured) faculty allowed attend the conference every year?

Yes, we invite and encourage faculty to attend every year until they receive tenure. Our goal is to build community and networks to help support faculty during throughout the tenure process and beyond.

Q: I want to learn more about how I can support The Tenure Project!

Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Tenure Project Senior Planning Committee 

FOUNDING MEMBERS
Wendy De La Rosa  MKTG [email protected]
Esther Uduehi  MKTG [email protected]
Christina Fong  MGMT [email protected]
Michael Verchot CBDC [email protected]

 

SENIOR PLANNING COMMITTEE
Adam Galinsky  MGMT [email protected]
Ashleigh S Rosette MGMT [email protected]
Elizabeth Umphress  MGMT [email protected]
Miguel Unzueta MGMT [email protected]
Mark Forehand  MKTG [email protected]
Maura Scott MKTG [email protected]
Keisha Cutright MKTG [email protected]
Jarrad Harford  FINANCE [email protected]
Itay Goldstein FINANCE [email protected]
Michael Clement  ACCTG [email protected]
Ed deHaan  ACCTG [email protected]
Jason Brown  ACCTG [email protected]
Noah Gans  ISOM [email protected]
Sonja Wiley  ISOM [email protected]
Ming Fan  ISOM [email protected]



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The Tenure Project was founded and created by Esther Uduehi, Assistant Professor in Marketing and International Business at the Foster School of Business and Wendy de la Rosa, Assistant Professor in Marketing at the Wharton School.

The Tenure Project is grateful to the following sponsors:

Founding Sponsors

the phd project

Foster school of business

Wharton Business school

Gold Sponsors

columbia business school

Michigan Ross

USC Marshall school of business

Texas A&M Mays Business school

NYU Stern

Silver Sponsors

stanford graduate school of business

UCLA anderson school of management

ASU W.P. Carey school of business logo

Yale school of management
the university of texas at austin mccombs school of business