In Belgian academic life, job promotions are rare. In short, tenured academics can move along the following scale:
- Chargé de cours
- Professeur ordinaire
The dream of all academics is to move to grade 3. Means a little more money but more importantly, peer recognition.
Promotions typically happen every two years. Tenured academics can apply for promotion. Applications are reviewed, and ranked by ad hoc committees which scrutinize in particular (i) teaching skills; (ii) research record; and (iii) contribution to University affairs (with a strong emphasis on (ii)).
Yesterday, I moved from 1 to 2. I am now officially a (happy) Professor. This blog, and your visits, have likely contributed to this. Again, thanks for your trust and support.