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The Tenure Question

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It is a status to which academics everywhere aspire. Tenure: the very word connotes safety, security, and a sense that you have made it in academia. But is the system really all it is cracked up to be, or is it lumbering into the world of 21st century academia like a dinosaur that hasn't heard it is supposed to be extinct? The system has always had its detractors, but in recent months, those voices have become louder: there have been calls to abolish tenure outright and universities are considering weakening their tenure-track systems.

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