THE tenure track

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Wed Sep 11 15:30:55 UTC 2013

I don't have time to do the research myself, but it seems to me that there has been a change in the past year or so, in reporting on issues in Higher Ed (and specifically in the 'trade' publications Inside Higher Ed and Chronicle of Higher Education) of the term 'tenure-track' moving from an abstract, anarthrous usage ('Suzie is on tenure-track') to a countish noun ('None of the seven new hires is on the tenure track').
Just as an example, there's Monday's CHE article about adjuncts

which actually has both.
Anyway, if someone wants to investigate this, I think it might make an interesting study. I find the articled use feels non-native-speakerish, but YMMV.


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