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A popular term for a person—e.g., a professor, or other tenured academic—who is no longer effective or useful to his/her employing institution, and who cannot be removed from post or payroll—e.g., because of tenure—in order to free the position for a more qualified or innovative person

dead wood

Academia A popular term for a person–eg, a professor, or other tenured academic whose function has been served but who can't be removed from a position or payroll–eg, because of tenure–to free the position for a more qualified, innovative, or often younger person
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And if you disagree with me, I reserve the right to quietly but firmly characterise you with a Deadwood expletive
About the Deadwood Mysteries - overview of Deadwood, Ore.
Created and executive produced by David Milch (NYPD Blue), Deadwood first aired on HBO in 2004 and was met with critical praise and accolades, winning multiple Emmy([R]) Awards and a Golden Globe([R]) Award during its run.
Hole 10WR06 has extended the known gold-copper mineralization associated with the Deadwood Zone reported from historical drilling in the area, and has confirmed the widespread nature of the mineralization as well as extending the higher grade zone reported in historical hole 92-27 drilled in 1992.
Welcome to the real Deadwood, where the language is fouler than the bottom of a sewer, where everyone is after a fast buck and where the rules of polite society do not apply.
The Company is the fourth publicly traded gaming company to exit the Deadwood market.
On a cold and dreary night in Deadwood, more than 70 people showed up to preserve their post office," Gross said at the meeting's conclusion.
Multiple historic intersections of widespread low grade Au at the Deadwood Zone in conjunction with the intercepts obtained to-date from on the Wild Rose and Wild Cat veins systems reinforce the potential for a bulk-tonnage open-pitable Au-Cu exploration target.
Two weeks after Custer's defeat at Little Big Horn, a host of colourful characters descend on Deadwood in a stampede for gold.
Nasdaq: FHRI) announced today that the Company has signed a definitive agreement for the purchase of the Deadwood Gulch Resort by entities controlled by Kenneth L.