Sunday, June 14, 2009
A reader, a tenured professor, writes:
What is your opinion on a midlevel, tenured faculty at a 3rd tier law school registering for the “Meat Market” in an effort to lateral to another school? I have received mixed opinions from friends and colleagues (and my wife) and am debating the pros and cons – among others, the possible appearance of desperation and having your colleagues and dean find out your desire to leave, versus greater exposure and making it easier for law schools to interview you. I read recently Paul Secunda’s “Tales of a Law Professor Lateral Nothing” where he seems to suggest that the benefits outweigh the harms. But I would greatly appreciate your advice on this matter.
I'm not sure what I think--the candidate is probably in the best position to assess the local costs (i.e., how colleague and Deans will react etc.). It is certainly the easiest way to communicate very widely one's openness to a new position. What do readers think? Comments are open; post only once, comments may take awhile to appear. Signed comments strongly preferred; at a minimum, you must include your actual e-mail address (which will not appear).