WTF, dudes? First, DePaul denies tenure to Norman Finklestein, then five out of its seven tenure denials this year were women. But they’re now rushing to tenure two adjuncts who have never been granted tenure-track positions or been through the annual review process for probational faculty? As one Associate Professor called it, DePaul apparently has a Leona Helmsley tenure process—it’s only for the little people:
In the memo, Robin Burke, an associate professor of computing and digital media, cited Helmsley’s much-derided quote that “only the little people pay taxes,” to say that DePaul appears to have a “Leona Helmsley tenure process,” in that “only the little people are reviewed for tenure.” Burke cited the decision by Provost Helmut Epp to accept a departmental recommendation to award tenure to two faculty members in Burke’s college at DePaul. The two (whose names are not generally featured in the voluminous memos that have been flying at DePaul about their promotions) had been working off the tenure track and were simultaneously put on the tenure track and tenured — without the standard, lengthy process that would normally be required for someone at the university coming up for tenure.
If I were in one of the departments there that had recently recommended a candidate for tenure who was then turned down by the Provost, I’d be hopping mad too. Just read the whole story, and you be the judges. (It’s nice to see adjuncts elevated from their lowly status–but seriously, WTF?) I’d also be veryconcerned if I were an Assistant Professor at DePaul.
This story gives me just the excuse I need to post this little ditty by my favorite internet homegirls, Garfunkel and Oates–I’ve been dying to since last summer, when I first saw it. NSFW or small children! You’ve been warned: