Tenure

10 Years Until Tenure

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If a report issued Thursday gains momentum, the tenure clock -- and many other things about faculty career paths -- could see significant changes.

The American Council on Education released the report, which attacks what David Ward, president of the council, called the "rigidity" of the tenure system. The report warns that unless colleges become more flexible about how professors are recruited and what is expected of them, they will lose much of the best talent -- especially women.

Are State Troopers Models for Professors?

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The American system of awarding doctorates and producing professors is a mess. On that, the disparate voices on a high-powered MLA panel on reforming the Ph.D. agreed Monday night.

Disparate Burden

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New data show just how unequally child-care responsibilities fall on male and female professors.

A Real Option

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The U. of California is considering a policy that might make part-time faculty careers -- before and after tenure -- more viable than ever before.

Stepping Up for Part-Timers

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The Radical Caucus wants the MLA to do more to protect the labor rights of grad students and adjuncts.

More Help for Part-Timers

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The MLA's Delegate Assembly endorsed two proposals to bolster, in small ways, the status of "contingent" instructors.

Leaning to the Left

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A new study says that the vast majority of faculty members are liberal, but does that prove they're biased?

Playing Defense and Offense

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Leaders of the AFT's college unions plan opposition to David Horowitz, cooperation with the NEA, and new organizing efforts.

Will Professors Sign Up?

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A poll of non-union faculty members suggests potential to expand collective bargaining at colleges and challenges facing organizing drives.

When a Professor Loses It

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Denied tenure, a well liked faculty member suffers a breakdown -- in public. Are there lessons for academe?

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