Many of our readers are presumably on the job-market right now, hoping get a tenure-track job. My experience on both sides of the market--both as a job-candidate and search-committee member--is that a fair number of job-candidates do not actually know that much about tenure requirements or what can affect tenure decisions. Indeed, I didn't know very much about these things when I was out on the market...and I've recently met candidates in a similar position. Because most candidates are presumably not merely looking for a tenure-track job, but ultimately want to get tenure, I thought it might be good to have a thread on theses issues.
Allow me to share some of the things I think I've learned about these matters in my time in the profession, and then open up things to you all--to add your own impressions and experiences, correct things you think I've gotten wrong, and so on.