Definition of tenure track in English:

tenure track


North American
  • usually as modifier An employment structure whereby the holder of a post, typically an academic one, is guaranteed consideration for eventual tenure.

    ‘a tenure-track position’
    • ‘Of course, no one was ever hired on the tenure track or promoted to full professor for being ‘nice.’’
    • ‘We also agreed that because tenure, with its inextricable links to academic freedom and faculty governance, defines the very culture of any reputable U.S. university, most LSU faculty members should be on the tenure track.’
    • ‘Faculty members, especially women, go to great lengths to avoid being seen as ‘in need of assistance’ while on the tenure track, which prevents some women faculty members from even having a child.’
    • ‘According to other estimates, a majority of all recent hires have been off the tenure track.’
    • ‘The long-term financial commitment required for tenure track faculty suggest that most formula and state appropriations are used for salaries.’
    • ‘The party's main recommendation was the establishment of a tenure track career pathway for outstanding trainee academics.’
    • ‘The process of granting tenure begins when a professor is hired into a tenure track position.’
    • ‘It is not uncommon for clinical faculty to be hired into tenure track positions as well.’
    • ‘We were joined by someone who was in Cambridge for an interview for a tenure track lectureship position.’
    • ‘To staff essential courses, most institutions hire both part- and full-time faculty off the tenure track on short-term contracts and in other less formal arrangements.’
    • ‘The subjects in the study were people like Steve and me: professors of psychology, who were sent some vitas to evaluate as applicants for a tenure track position.’
    • ‘Indeed, Franklin says, it's generally accepted that it can take an average of three years for an English doctorate to attain that elusive entry-level tenure track job.’
    • ‘Increasingly, clinical professors, after years of lobbying for equal status in the legal academy, are joining the tenure track.’
    • ‘I wonder if a published forum of this kind could be arranged for a group of faculty who do not have tenure track jobs.’
    • ‘‘The Faculty Senate is very concerned about this issue and how it may impact tenure and tenure track appointments at the institution,’ Hopper said.’
    • ‘Moreover, as the share of faculty off the tenure track increases, the demand for full-time tenure-track faculty declines, and PhD programs become less attractive to American college graduates.’
    • ‘The award of a doctorate led to her going back on the staff at Mount Holyoke College in 1965, this time with the tenure track appointment of Assistant Professor.’
    • ‘She noted tenure track faculty go through a ‘rigorous’ probationary period during which they must demonstrate their skills in not only teaching, but also in research and service.’
    • ‘Medical schools are encouraged to view these posts as a tenure track leading to a strategic senior appointment in the school after the fellowship.’
    • ‘When I arrived at Wake Forest to teach English, I realized that one of my tenure track colleagues was an American Studies graduate from Minnesota who shared many of my same broad interests in texts.’