Category: Public Affairs

The steps to an academic career

The steps to an academic career include four years of undergraduate study, five to ten years of graduate study, and often a succession of post-doctoral, visiting, and adjunct appointments before the aspiring professor lands at a university that offers the prospect of continuing employment. The training and apprenticeship can last most of twenty years. During…

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Arguments for and against tenure

One argument for tenure: Without the protection of tenure, professors would be afraid to explore controversial themes and reluctant to make unpopular arguments, and so education and research would suffer. Two arguments against tenure: Before obtaining tenure, a professor must complete a decade long apprenticeship (at least several years in graduate school and five or…

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