Forums (2) Pursuing an academic vs an industrial career Can we ever come home again?

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    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?

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    – What paths exists for returning to a teaching-focused academic position?
    – What challenges should I expect to face along the way?

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