Full Professor

Full Professor March 17, 2014

I just received the official letter that I have been promoted from the rank of associate professor to professor. For those who may not be aware of these aspects of academia, or live in a country where the ranks have different titles, in the United States the system is as follows. The tenure track usually involves being at the rank of assistant professor up until one applies for promotion and tenure in one’s sixth year. The next rank is associate professor. From there, one can be promoted after another six years to the rank of professor. It is a recognition that one has continued to develop one’s teaching, scholarship, and service both within and beyond the university.

I’d like to thank blog readers for lots of encouragement and support over these past years, as I’ve floated ideas and blogged about research and teaching. Or perhaps I should say thank you for at least not distracting me too much from other things that I really needed to do.


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  • Neko

    That is terrific news. Congratulations, Dr. McGrath!

  • Just Sayin’


  • histrogeek


  • Evan Hershman

    Congratulations, Professor!

  • Congratulations!! It is good to be the professor! (or is that the king).

  • Huge congratulations, James!

  • Congratulations, Professor McGrath.

  • $41348855

    Superb! Congrats!

  • Gary

    Lucky they don’t have the Navy nomenclature. You would have to be a three star Vice Professor for a time.
    Navy Admiral equivalent: rear professor-lower half *, rear professor-upper half **, vice professor ***, and full professor ****, Four Stars! You can now get a ball cap with 4 stars on it. However, what counts. Salary goes up with each star.

    • I could totally go for army nomenclature. Titles like “Brigadier Professor,” “Lieutenant Professor,” and “Professor of the University” with lapel insignia to match…

      • Gary

        You could be Army two star, “Major Professor”! Of course, in the military, there would be a staff of subordinates following you wherever you go; there to fulfill your every command. Probably not the same at the university.

    • SZMatheson

      “Three Star Vice Professor” sounds awesome.

  • Allan Bevere

    Congratulations, James! Well done! Those of us who know you are not surprised.

  • Guest

    Congratulations, James! Well deserved.

  • David B. Gowler

    Congratulations, James! Well deserved recognition.

  • Wayne Coppins


  • Great news! Many congratulations!

  • Kevin

    Very nice!

  • Jeremiah J. Preisser

    Congratulations sir.

  • St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t have anything to do with this timing, would it? Star Fleet Professor, I think would be a good title to consider. Congratulations, Dr. McGrath!

  • Ian

    Congratulations James, this is great news!

  • arcseconds

    congratulations, professor

  • John Wilkins

    Congratulations – Envious, In Melbourne

  • TrevorN

    As for Vice Professor? Most people prefer to conceal theirs.

  • Erp


  • Awesome.

  • brianleport


  • Steven Pounders


    I made full professor last year, and your post caught my attention because the green interlocking “BU” for Butler University can also be found in the gardens of my campus, Baylor University.

    • Belated congratulations to you too, then! And thanks for the interesting tidbit that our schools are interlocked through their mutual use of these interlocking letters! 🙂

  • claynaff

    Omedetou gozaimasu! (Japanese congratulations, just to change things up.)

  • Having taught in Universities for 13 years, the various titles were a combination of pay-grades and ole-boy club back slapping (“you fit in”). I am sure the cynicism deserved for such titles varies from school to school. But I hear few friends bragging about pay raises. I found academia to be a very dirty, corrupt workplace. Lots of good stuff, of course — like lots of blogging time.

  • MattB

    Congratulations, Dr. McGrath!! I wish there was some way we could honor your promotion

  • MattB

    Congratulations, Dr.McGrath!! I just wish there was some way that we could honor your promotion:-)

  • Matthew

    Congratulations Dr. McGrath! This is a well-earned accomplishment on your part and if anyone deserves it, it’s you! Again, very well done! ~Matthew~

  • Congratulations! It’s great that your good work is accorded due recognition.

  • Michael Wilson

    congratulations James!

  • Awesome! Big congrats!!