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  • 01/02/17--06:32: My reading list for 2017
  • Happy New Year! I have never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions but I do enjoy picking out books that I’m going to read for the year. Some years I focus on popular books that I’ve never read or on non-higher education books. For this year, I have identified 10 books that are mostly […]

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    One of the most critical aspects of any tenure and promotion case are the letters from external reviewers. The number of reviewers varies by institution, but typically anywhere from 6-10 letters will be solicited from scholars who can speak to the quality and impact of your research. Often, these letters play a significant and even […]

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    One of the most commons misconceptions about tenure is that you can’t fire a tenured faculty member. The reality is that tenured faculty can and do get fired with some regularity. The difference is that tenure provides for detailed and often complicated due process procedures to protect tenured faculty from dismissal without appropriate cause. In […]

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  • 12/11/17--02:28: The tenure decision process
  • The tenure decision process varies across institutions. All colleges and universities value teaching, scholarship, and service in slightly different ways and the tenure decision process is built upon institutional culture, nuance, and sheer historical quirks. While there is no way to fully describe all of the variations that exist in the tenure decision process, today’s […]

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    State legislators in Kentucky are the latest lining up to attack higher education and gut the protections of tenure. A late addition to the Kentucky Senate’s budget legislation would allow public universities to dismiss tenured faculty due to program changes or elimination. Following other tenure attacks in Wisconsin and Tennessee, we see a clear assault […]

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  • 04/23/18--02:22: History of tenure
  • Although vestiges of the modern tenure system can be found in higher education as far back as the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, tenure as we know it today is largely a by-product of the twentieth century. Aspects of today’s tenure system—such as faculty rank, longer lifetime appointments, and evaluation for performance—appeared in fits and starts […]

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