Here are some academic terms that I've invented.
- Pre-batical. A one-year postdoc taken straight out of one's PhD, after obtaining a tenure-track Assistant Professorship, but before starting said professorship.
Usage. Her pre-batical at UW turbocharged the start of her independent research career and let her branch out into that up-and-coming field.
- Associate professor purgatory. The period a few years after returning from one's post-tenure sabbatical where one is no longer protected from service but still
expected to constantly ramp up research productivity.
Usage. Joe's swamped with grant proposal writing and committee meetings in his associate professor purgatory.