Tenure-track jobs are harder than ever to find, with the economic mess prompting many colleges to grow even more cautious about hiring anyone on the tenure track. Tenure-track openings are being put on hold. Searches are being called off every day. Many who worry that higher education has created a faculty of two tiers -- the privileged tenured class and the overused and abused adjuncts -- have been told that this year is simply not the year in which to promote change.
The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges:
--Jennifer Wood Adams, communication and journalism --Judith Blumsack, communication disorders --Jennifer Brooks, history --Judith Blumsack, communication disorders --John Carvalho, communication and journalism --Joyce de Vries, art --Hollie Lavenstein, communication and journalism --Giovanna Summerfield, foreign languages and literatures --Jonathan Sutton, philosophy
In many academic circles, being attacked by Bill O'Reilly might be a badge of honor. A Syracuse University professor, however, charges that he was denied tenure last week in part because of the fallout over his on-air disputes with the Fox television star, who has branded him "a new Ward Churchill."