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  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    The real purpose of tenure?

    We often hear that the tenure system is essential to defend academic freedom.  But, as an article in yesterday’s Harvard Crimson reveals, the inalienable right of faculty members (or at least those officially recognized as having produced the requisite number of adequately impactful publications within a 6-year period) to advance knowled… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

    American Association of University Professors calls for reform of tenure system

    “The past four decades have seen a failure of the social contract in faculty employment,” states a new report  issued by the American Association of University Professors.  Forty years ago, the overwhelming majority of faculty members were on the tenure track, including those whose duties concentrated heavily on teaching… Read More
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    Tenure-track hiring falls at U.S. medical schools

    The percentage of new faculty hired on the tenure track at U.S. academic medical centers and medical schools has been falling steadily for almost a quarter of a century, according to a report out this month from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Only a quarter of new clinical faculty hired in 2009 were on… Read More
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    Winning, and Losing, Lawsuits for Sex Discrimination

    Another article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education today and written by Mary Ann Mason, co-director of the Berkeley Law Center on Health, Economic & Family Security, looks at how over the years women have won, and lost, lawsuits for tenure denial based on sex discrimination.   The laws are there: “Titl… Read More
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    Even Tenure No Protection in This Tough Economy

    We’ve written about what a lousy job market we’re in for early-career scientists — see Tenure-Track Jobs Remain Scarce for the latest account. But there are scarier examples out there of how lousy the times are for academic scientists. An example: Florida State University (FSU) has laid off 25 tenured faculty members as the depart… Read More
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    Role of Collegiality in Tenure

    Sparked by the faculty-meeting shooting in Huntsville, Alabama, Janet Stemwedel, on her blog Adventures in Ethics and Science, raised the role collegiality should play in making tenure decisions. Stemwedel puts her position on the issue right in the blog post title: “Collegiality matters”. You shouldn’t have to be the life of the… Read More
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    Suing University, Texas Prof Is Awarded $900,000

    Professor Robert Klebe of the University of Texas Health Science Center has won a lawsuit against his employer–and a $900,000 jury award, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Klebe alleged retaliation and age discrimination after the university allegedly cut the pay of the tenured professor by 25% and hired younger researchers at a high… Read More
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    Life After Tenure

    Have you, or someone you know, failed to get tenure, then gone on to bigger and better things? Or lived out the rest of what was left of your life in squalor and destitution? If you’ve suffered a negative tenure decision and lived to tell about it, we’d like to hear from you for an… Read More
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    Two Cheers for Tenure

    Cary Nelson, president of American Association of University Professors defends the tenure system in the September-October issue of Academe, the organization’s magazine. Nelson’s essay describes the advantages of tenured faculty over part-time, adjunct, or contingent faculty, arguing persuasively that campuses benefit from the community… Read More
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    A guide for interdisciplinary career development

    Last week, the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), an affiliate of the National Council for Science and the Environment, released a document notable for its valuable content, but also for its comprehensive approach to academic careers. "Interdisciplinary Hiring, Tenure and Promotion: Guidance for Individuals and Institutions,… Read More