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tenure

Academia A status granted to a person with a 'terminal' degree–eg, doctor of medicine–MD or doctor of philosophy–PhD, after a trial period, which protects him/her from summary dismissal; tenured academicians are expected to assume major duties in research, teaching and, if applicable, Pt care fostering, through their activities, the academic 'agenda' of their respective departments or institutions. See Endowed chair, Lecturer, Professor. Cf Chair.

tenure

(tĕn′yĕr) [L. tenēre, to hold]
1. The holding of a property, place, or occupational assignment.
2. The specification that an employee (typically someone in an academic setting) may hold a position permanently unless he or she behaves with gross negligence.
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And, there are always dishes to be washed, laundry to be done, stories to be read, and playgrounds to visit." Participants wrote of the expectation that while on the tenure track, one is supposed to fit life into work, not work into life.
The most obvious and significant trend in the table is the recent drop in the number and percentage of tenure track positions.
According to Parsad and Zimbler (2002), the numbers of female faculty in tenure track positions at four-year institutions has declined from 30% in 1992 to 25% in 1998.
Many came with Ivy League educations, a few with "advanced" academic chops, but they shared with me a wariness of the party line (and the tenure track), matched by a simultaneous esteem for the enabling innovators in their respective fields.
Rather, "They are not necessarily working at the careers for which they have been trained, or at the most challenging level of those careers, or at the salaries that their training would normally command." An academic drops off the tenure track to work part-time, a physician cuts back her practice, lawyers leave large firms for less-demanding work environments, corporate managers become home-based consultants.
Throughout the 20th century the vast majority of faculty members in schools of education were on the tenure track. Although the numbers of clinical and part-time faculty members have increased over the past decade, the core faculty members are still, for the most part, hired on the tenure track.
As of 1993, then, 65 percent of the academic labor force was off the tenure track.
The proportion of full-time faculty not tenured but on the tenure track decreased from 29.1% to 20.8% during this same period.
It was once common for new doctorates to move directly from their graduate studies into tenure track appointments in academic institutions.
The University of Southern Mississippi--Gulf Coast Campus invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Statistics.
Faculty positions can be grouped into three categories: tenure track, non-tenure track, and part time.