The tenure-track professorship strengthens the young researcher’s career perspectives by making their career paths more reliable, transparent and easier to plan, as well as by strengthening their academic independence at an early stage and making them more competitive on the international stage. Boosted by a comprehensive accompanying program, the tenure-track foundation also helps promote equal opportunities and a better work-life balance.
For this reason, the University of Stuttgart has committed itself to introducing a structural and cultural change across the university, and advertising up to 20 percent of all professorships as tenure-track professorships in the long term. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, the University of Stuttgart receives funding from the federal and state government program to promote early career researchers in the first approval round to establish twelve additional tenure-track professorships. In the second approval round, the University of Stuttgart secured all eight tenure-track professorships which had been applied for [de].
The tenure-track process
The tenure-track process at the University of Stuttgart generally lasts for a period of six years. At the end of this period, if the tenure evaluation is positive then the candidate is awarded a permanent professorship. An interim evaluation is also held after three years in which the candidate’s performance thus far is assessed, so that any necessary guidance can be given and any negative developments identified at an early stage. In justified exceptional cases, the tenure process can be initiated at an earlier stage after a positive interim evaluation.
From the appointment through to the tenure evaluation the process follows transparent and predictable rules, which are laid down in the statute and the quality assurance concept [de].
A wide range of development offerings
Tenure-track professorships receive a competitive starting package, which includes a temporary position in the scientific service. On request, tenure-track professors are each provided with two mentors, who can provide advice on career planning or regarding evaluations. The University of Stuttgart is also currently setting up a comprehensive further development program, which includes specific qualification, networking and support offers to expand candidates’ interdisciplinary skill sets. Additional attractive services for tenure-track professors at the University of Stuttgart include flexible childcare programs, ffamily-friendly arrangements regarding working hours and workplaces [de], as well as a comprehensive service package for dual-career couples.
If you are interested in our tenure-track program or have any other questions about the process, feel free to send us an e-mail. For inquiries about specific tenure-track professorships, please contact the relevant person for the particular call for tender.