Hannah’s tenure year, part II: “the anger and fear [are] strong enough to wake me from a deep sleep.”

For part I in our two-part series, click here. After being told by the dean she had forfeited her right to apply for tenure, our intrepid junior scholar Hannah (a pseudonym) sought the advice of her union rep and her colleagues, and found that the dean was in error when he told her that 1) … Continue reading Hannah’s tenure year, part II: “the anger and fear [are] strong enough to wake me from a deep sleep.”

Red Alert! Wisconsin lege moves to destroy tenure at state unis.

David J. Vanness, an Associate Professor in Population and Health Sciences at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has started a petition to thwart a proposal to destroy tenure as we know it at public universities there.  He explains: In the Omnibus Motion adopted by a 12-4 vote … Continue reading Red Alert! Wisconsin lege moves to destroy tenure at state unis.

This just in: Men favored over women in employee evaluations and tenure review letters

Well, burn my bacon!  Via Amanda Marcotte at Slate, we read of an informal study of managerial performance reviews in the tech industry by Kieran Snyder at Fortune that concludes that of the participants who volunteered copies of their performance reviews, women receive far more critical feedback: The first thing I wanted to understand is how many reviews included … Continue reading This just in: Men favored over women in employee evaluations and tenure review letters

What I learned from the comments thread at Tenured Radical

Did any of you see Tenured Radical’s post yesterday about the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue 2014, “Happiness is a Cold, Plastic Doll?”  This year it features Barbie on the cover, but the same old soft-core porn inside. The point of TR’s post was to comment on the cultural significance of SI’s annual swimsuit issue.  She … Continue reading What I learned from the comments thread at Tenured Radical

Is it really “higher education” without tenured faculty?

How many of you college or university faculty members would have gone into your line of work without the hope of tenure? I was thinking about this with respect to a survey of provosts published by Inside Higher Ed today.  Among other interesting findings, the provosts surveyed said this about tenure: The survey found that … Continue reading Is it really “higher education” without tenured faculty?

Marshall College scandal: Dr. Jones denied tenure!

Sad, but true.  Here’s an excerpt from the Archaeology department’s T & P committee letter to Dr. Jones (h/t Monocle Man for this one): January 22, 1939 Assistant Professor Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr. Department of Anthropology Chapman Hall 227B Marshall College Dr. Jones: As chairman of the Committee on Promotion and Tenure, I regret to … Continue reading Marshall College scandal: Dr. Jones denied tenure!

In which we see once again that academia still functions as though it's 1956 (only with fewer tenure lines)

I have a friend who lives in a little college town who says, “It’s like someone put a bubble up around this town in 1956.”  Sometimes I think this is true of all of academia.  Dr. Crazy had an interesting post the other day about the essential conservativism of college professors: You’d think conservatives would actually love a … Continue reading In which we see once again that academia still functions as though it's 1956 (only with fewer tenure lines)