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Definition of tenured

: having tenure tenured faculty members

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Recent Examples on the Web And two of the county’s longest tenured coaches who have accumulated more than 300 wins combined during the last 10 years — Chad Hollwedel at Centennial and Mike Coughlan at Reservoir — are no longer with their respective programs. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Talent turnover creates ‘new beginning’ for Howard County boys basketball," 2 Dec. 2019 Thirty percent of our tenured and tenure-track faculty are citizens of other countries. Brad Smith, Time, "Why We Took Our Fight for DACA Recipients All the Way to the Supreme Court," 10 Nov. 2019 But this isn't the first time the tenured professor posted such rhetoric on his private social media accounts. CBS News, "Professor gets to keep job despite posts school calls "racist, sexist and homophobic"," 22 Nov. 2019 The school must also expand and invest in volunteer opportunities that serve low-income communities in the city of Syracuse and offer diversity training for tenured professors on the school website. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Syracuse University Suspends Social Activities Following Slew of Racial Incidents," 18 Nov. 2019 Some of them were tenured professors or essayists who wrote for magazines such as The Atlantic and Reason. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Meghan Daum to Millennials: Get off My Lawn," 1 Nov. 2019 Rehfeld is a tenured professor of political thought at Hebrew Union, contributing a combination of teaching and scholarship, experience in Jewish nonprofit administration and volunteer community leadership. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "3 things to know about Hebrew Union College and its new president, Andrew Rehfeld," 25 Oct. 2019 The college’s 24 tenured and tenure-track faculty would also be able to teach at Emerson. BostonGlobe.com, "“This is painful,” said Kevin Quigley, the president of Marlboro.," 7 Nov. 2019 In July, Lurie, 41, left his tenured post at Harvard University for a faculty position at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, home to many of the most revered mathematicians in the world. Wired, "Is the Equal Sign Overrated? Mathematicians Hash It Out," 13 Oct. 2019

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Tenured.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenured. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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