Non-tenured academics are those who have a contract with a higher education institution (HEI) without possessing or carrying a guarantee of permanent employment. Non-tenured teachers can be in a tenure track position, if they are in a probationary period leading to a tenured position, or in a non-tenure track without necessarily having a probationary period and without the possibility of obtaining tenured.
Tenured and Non-tenured Academics in Higher Education
Having a permanent position has been considered an essential characteristic of the academic profession, since it is said to allow academic freedom. In Europe, a permanent position implies that academics have the guarantee of maintaining their job, dismissal only being possible with a “just cause.” Therefore, in most European countries, the permanent position corresponds to what is known as a tenured position in the USA. The concept of tenured designates, according to the...
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Carvalho, T., Diogo, S. (2018). Non-tenured Teachers, Higher Education. In: Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_292-1
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