Tenure is that much-disputed custom of granting lifelong employment to those members of a faculty or organization who meet the requirements of that institution. The tenure system is intended to protect academic freedom. It is a slippery problem, at the same time guaranteeing creative people a place to work without fear of firing, and keeping the proverbial deadwood in place for years on end. Tenure is the “logical” outcome of a traditional academic career, from secondary and undergraduate levels through the doctorate, to the first job and then tenure.

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