Life With Tenure: Not What You Think

Life With Tenure: Not What You Think 1

Tim Cook for The Chronicle

What happens to university professors after they get tenure? Here are two popular images:

Image No. 1: They spend little time in their classrooms, laboratories, and offices. They are less accountable—and less connected—to their students, colleagues, fields of study, and professions than they were before tenure. They relax, maybe too much.

Image No. 2: Although they are free and unfettered to do research, write, and think as intellectuals, few professors live up to