...the question came up about what percentage of chemistry faculty hold a visiting position before getting their first tenure-track position. One fellow chemist stated confidently that it rarely happens but anecdotal evidence would suggest otherwise, at least for the SLAC/PUI environment.I still remember this post from quite some time ago where the commentariat was, overall, not interested in VAPs. A respected friend thinks of these temporary positions as providing some data points as to "how will this persion be, as a teacher of undergraduates and a colleague in a department?" and was relatively warm to them. Another respected friend finds these positions have half-lives, i.e. two or three VAPs is about as many has any one candidate should take on.
So, some questions:
1. Is there any data around the percentage of assistant professors who have done stints as VAPs?Finally, a call for anecdata around this issue. Readers, have at.
2. Is there any data around the percentage of visiting assistant professors who receive tenure-track assistan professor positions?