Tenure Track and COVID-19: Who bears the burden?


  • Abha Rai Loyola University Chicago
  • Kristen E. Ravi Assistant Professor, College of Social Work, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Helen Taylor Yates Assistant Professor, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Patricia Bamwine Assistant Professor, College of Social Work, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville




Social work, academia, Tenure-track, higher ed, COVID-19


COVID-19 has impacted all of us, however, its impact has been problematic for tenure-track faculty members, especially those who are untenured. Through this reflection piece, we will highlight some of the main challenges of starting a job during the pandemic by female-identifying authors from a diverse range of higher education institutions in the U.S. In deconstructing our challenges, we will focus on the role of universities in supporting faculty navigate their tenure expectations. We will present this piece as a U.S. based reflection with implications for educational institutions globally.   

Author Biography

Abha Rai, Loyola University Chicago

Assistant Professor


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