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The run-up to tenure is so stressful that it can take years as an associate professor to shake off the fatigue and get going again.

For Vanessa U. Druskat, an associate professor of organizational behavior at the University of New Hampshire, becoming a tenured professor had been a goal nearly all her life. "I decided I wanted to be a professor when I was an undergrad," says Ms. Druskat, who is now 52.

"I was aiming at this, aiming at this, and then you...
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