I finished a PhD a few years ago and subsequently worked as a software engineer at a big tech company. Now, I’m thinking about returning to an institution where I can teach undergrads & do some research. I’ve heard that my application would not be competitive for faculty positions because certain folks look down on anyone who leaves academia. Is this true?
– What paths exists for returning to a teaching-focused academic position?
– What challenges should I expect to face along the way?