Academic Tenure

tenure (in education)

tenure, in education, a guarantee of the permanence of a college or university teacher's position, awarded upon successful completion of a probationary period, usually seven years. Tenure is designed to make a teaching career more attractive by providing job security; by protecting the teacher's position, tenure also tends to enforce academic freedom. Those who argue against the institution of tenure claim that the security it provides often results in a lessening of the diligence and efforts of some teachers, that it sometimes provides permanent positions for incompetent teachers, and that it tends to close off opportunities for younger teachers. A tenured teacher may be dismissed for adequate cause, provided that the cause is established in proceedings with all the precautions of due process. Financial exigencies of an institution may also be recognized as justification for terminating appointments of tenured teachers.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2013, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Tenure for Socrates: A Study in the Betrayal of the American Professor
Jon Huer.
Bergin & Garvey, 1991
The Hidden Professoriate: Credentialism, Professionalism, and the Tenure Crisis
Arthur S. Wilke.
Greenwood Press, 1979
Publishing for Tenure and Beyond
Franklin H. Silverman.
Praeger, 1999
Academic Advancement in Composition Studies: Scholarship, Publication, Promotion, Tenure
Richard C. Gebhardt; Barbara Genelle Smith Gebhardt.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997
Poisoning the Ivy: The Seven Deadly Sins and Other Vices of Higher Education in America
Michael Lewis.
M. E. Sharpe, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Tenure" begins on p. 48
Teaching for Tenure and Beyond: Strategies for Maximizing Your Student Ratings
Franklin H. Silverman.
Bergin and Garvey, 2001
The Future of the City of Intellect: The Changing American University
Steven Brint.
Stanford University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Academic Tenure" begins on p. 297
Post-Tenure Review at Graduate Institutions in the United States: Recommendations and Reality
Aper, Jeffery P.; Fry, Judith E.
Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 74, No. 3, May-June 2003
Q: Should Colleges and Universities Abolish Academic Tenure?
Reiland, Ralph; Burgan, Mary.
Insight on the News, Vol. 12, No. 44, November 25, 1996
Mothers Making Tenure
Young, Diane S.; Wright, Ednita M.
Journal of Social Work Education, Vol. 37, No. 3, Fall 2001
Assessing Publication for Tenure
Seipel, Michael M. O.
Journal of Social Work Education, Vol. 39, No. 1, Winter 2003
Higher Education Administration: A Guide to Legal, Ethical, and Practical Issues
Norma M. Goonen; Rachel S. Blechman.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Promotion and Tenure Issues"
Assessing What Professors Do: An Introduction to Academic Performance Appraisal in Higher Education
David A. Dilts; Lawrence J. Haber; Donna Bialik.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Epilogue: Rewards and Results"
All the Essential Half-Truths about Higher Education
George Dennis O'Brien.
University of Chicago Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Tenure Is a Necessary Condition of Academic Freedom"
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