Definition of untenured in English:



  • 1(of a teacher or lecturer) not having a permanent post.

    ‘younger untenured academics’
    • ‘A mother bemoaned the layoff of the untenured special ed teacher who had taught her autistic child.’
    • ‘Consequently, untenured assistant professors would follow the lead of their heads of departments and would show low interest in historical research.’
    • ‘Although even tenured professors can be influenced by the economic and psychological pressures of student evaluations, untenured instructors and adjuncts who work on yearly contracts are the most vulnerable.’
    • ‘Everyone knows that tenured professors hold a lot more job security than untenured ones.’
    • ‘Hey, who are Americans going to listen to - an untenured professor located somewhere in flyover country, or the guy who won the popular vote for President in 2000?’
    • ‘The older established professors from the school of business had told the younger, untenured and probationary and less established professor from the Faculty of Education that he lacked courage and it was getting in the way of the truth.’
    • ‘Is pithy a good thing for an untenured professor?’
    • ‘As an untenured professor, it is important that my colleagues know that I take my work inside and outside of the classroom seriously.’
    • ‘This blogger claims to be an untenured professor at a school that likes to think of itself as a top ten law school.’
    • ‘He is an untenured associate professor at Central Connecticut State University.’
    • ‘In Prussia it was fairly easy to pass the first state examination to become a probationary jurist, but because the higher posts were occupied the lower ranks became clogged by untenured trainees who were unable to obtain promotion.’
    • ‘As an untenured assistant professor, he kept his focus on human intelligence research even when other, more prestigious fields seemed to offer better chances of professional success.’
    • ‘Although we are untenured, professional-track faculty like myself have insider status and some security.’
    • ‘The university would like an untenured professor to assume certain responsibilities (such as teaching a course or taking over some administrative duties).’
    • ‘Via Glenn, I discover one more thing to worry about as an untenured professor.’
    • ‘Others have taken him much more seriously, notably his demand that public intellectuals - especially tenured and untenured professors - be held somehow accountable for their writings beyond the discipline they teach.’
    • ‘It is taking a toll has taken a toll in health and joy of living - in both junior untenured faculty members and senior Full Professors.’
    • ‘Compounding this dejection, untenured lecturers are discovering the practical meanings of what most of the US labor force already knows about the practicalities of at-will termination.’
    • ‘However, there is the political and social reality of untenured teachers that must be considered.’
    • ‘When I was a young untenured professor of philosophy, I once received a visit from a colleague from the Comparative Literature Department, an eminent and fashionable literary theorist, who wanted some help from me.’
    1. 1.1 (of an academic post) not permanent.
      • ‘She got the job, for which she was overqualified, because only she was willing to accept an untenured post.’
      • ‘In 1976, Clarke was given an untenured assistant lectureship.’
      • ‘After two years at Warwick, she resigned her tenured post there and accepted an untenured post at the State University of New York at Stony Brook so that she could be close to him.’