I find more and more that my younger colleagues - and they are SO young now it seems - aren't concerned with tenure. They seem willing to accept the sea change of academic employment. I had a perfectly wonderful teacher say to me a few days ago say, "If teaching doesn't work out, I'll find something else I can do."
Q: What does tenure mean to you right now? Is it still a goal? Does it still matter? Was it ever the reason you found yourself in our profession?