Want to be a college professor? Get ready to move

Current headlines in higher education tell the story: College faculty members are unsettled, and looking for change. Some are trying to leave their positions due to politically hazardous working conditions in red states; others are being forced out by major program eliminations and campus consolidations and closures that are being accompanied by massive layoffs of tenure-track and tenured faculty, including at flagship universities.

Though there exist many faculty members close to retirement age who have job stability, who have worked at the same institution for decades, that profile is becoming more rare. In 2023, the person who has secured a full-time, tenure-track position right out of graduate school, who will raise their family in one community, and who will retire from that same institution is an anomaly. We are moving, whether we like it or not.

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