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© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Academic Tenure: Selected full-text books and articles

Publishing for Tenure and Beyond By Franklin H. Silverman Praeger, 1999
Academic Advancement in Composition Studies: Scholarship, Publication, Promotion, Tenure By 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 By Michael Lewis M. E. Sharpe, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Tenure" begins on p. 48
The Future of the City of Intellect: The Changing American University By 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 By 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? By Reiland, Ralph; Burgan, Mary Insight on the News, Vol. 12, No. 44, November 25, 1996
Mothers Making Tenure By Young, Diane S.; Wright, Ednita M Journal of Social Work Education, Vol. 37, No. 3, Fall 2001
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Assessing Publication for Tenure By Seipel, Michael M. O Journal of Social Work Education, Vol. 39, No. 1, Winter 2003
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Higher Education Administration: A Guide to Legal, Ethical, and Practical Issues By 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 By 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 By 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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