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Tenure: Thanks but no thanks

An astronomer offers his views on tenure.
What do Queen Elizabeth, Fidel Castro, Clarence Thomas, and Pope John Paul have in common? Lifetime jobs, regardless of their current contributions or future plans, with no provision for performance reviews or mandatory retirement. Just like tenured university professors. If the Queen has an "annus horribilis," as she described 1994, with its scandals in her royal family, she feels no need to step down. If the Cuban economy collapses along with the Berlin Wall, no objective analysis of his leade...

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