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Moving Institutions

What to do when you get an offer at another institution.

Christy Ludlow

DOI: 10.1044/cred-pvd-c13015

The following is a transcript of the presentation video, edited for clarity.

I want to talk about moving. Because some people get offers after they’ve started at an institution.

First of all, you generally don’t want to move before you get tenure at your first institution. Because that suggests that maybe you didn’t get tenure. So, you want to get tenure first.

However, if you have a life-changing offer or something happens in your life and you want to move, or there’s something really bad like there’s no patients where you are and you’re doing clinical research, then you may have to move.

But generally try not to move while you’re tenure track. Moving will take two years out of your research life. I tried to beat the system — I didn’t.

Moving isn’t easy, no matter how much you plan for it, you’re still going to have some down time and the time getting up again. Make certain that you want to really move.

Always respond to offers for interviews. It’s very nice, you’ll learn a lot and you’ll get to know a lot of people. But don’t always believe everything they say. Make sure it’s in writing. Make sure it’s something you really want to do.

This is my map for moving.

You start 12 months in advance. You have to inform the people where you are, so your students and other faculty can start planning.

You have to start recruiting people for the new place, ordering equipment, start writing your protocols before you get there, then ordering equipment and supplies so you arrive ready to move the moment you arrive.

Christy Ludlow
James Madison University

Presented at the ASHA Convention (November 2013).

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