Periodically in the popular press and even in academic circles, the question arises of whether professors should be granted lifetime employment contracts based on a sample of four to six years of a probationary period. Further clouding the issue of how easily tenure should be granted is the question of what determines tenure. Is it a reward for past efforts or based on a forecast of future productivity? These concepts may seem like the same thing but they are not. Accordingly, the huge commitment of resources that occurs when tenure is granted paired with the Author's observations of pre-tenure scholars prompted him to conduct an unscientific study.
Jeffrey L. Harrison, Post-Tenure Scholarship and Its Implications, 17 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 139 (2006), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/86