Life Tenure

Already facing a slow decline in the U.S. (and long since dated in other areas of the world), life tenure became even more unpopular as the Eternity.8 treatment became more widespread. Highly publicised cases illustrated the lack of articulation in existing models. Current agreements typically follow stringent rules as laid out in specific contracts but have been criticised in both academic and judicial circles for being too unwieldy in the long term. Moreover, the perception of general stagnation in scientific circles was and continues to be of concern to many institutions.

More popular is Confirmation or the Pillar System, essentially a tenure that relaxes the 'publish or perish' mantra but which requires the tenured individual to act as a critic and conscience of society.

John Valentich

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