ten·​ure-track ˈten-yər-ˌtrak How to pronounce tenure-track (audio)
 also  -ˌyu̇r-
: relating to or being a teaching position that may lead to a grant of tenure

Examples of tenure-track in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mase started her fellowship with the hope of becoming a tenure-track professor. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 There are about 45 tenured or tenure-track faculty working at UWM's Washington County and Waukesha campuses, according to the university. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 But such a prestigious job doesn’t often appear so suddenly for an academic who has not yet published a book or had a tenure-track job elsewhere. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 Faculty in particular are allergic to working in enterprises, both pro-social and anti-social; earning the PhD required for tenure-track positions renders nonprofit or private sector experience impractical at best. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Statewide, the report from the chancellor’s office shows the percent of tenured or tenure-track community college professors who identify as Black is about the same as the percent of Black students: between 5% and 6% in 2022, the most recent data available. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 With shows lined up, a tenure-track teaching offer from Clarion University in western Pennsylvania in hand and her future seemingly decided, life took a dramatic turn. Paul Nicolaus, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 Publication led to a tenure-track job teaching creative writing at Fresno State. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 Employing tenure-track professors costs more than contingent faculty. Debbie Truong, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tenure-track was in 1976

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“Tenure-track.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenure-track. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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