Tenure

'Leave-Proofing' the Faculty

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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.

Newly Tenured ... at Auburn, Longwood, Washington-St. Louis, Whatcom Community College

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The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges:

Auburn University

--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

Longwood University

Newly Tenured ... at Furman, Grinnell

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The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges:

Furman University

--Weston R. Dripps, earth and environmental sciences
--Eli V. Hestermann, biology
--Kevin R. Hutson, mathematics
--Cynthia P. King, communication studies
--Robert L. Underwood, business and accounting

Departments Without Chairs

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Kean University considers budget-cutting move that professors say will hurt academic freedom -- and may actually add expenses.

Newly Tenured ... at Metro State, Wake Forest

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The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges:

The Disappearing Tenure-Track Job

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Study by AFT documents continued growth during the last decade of adjunct jobs as a proportion of the academic work force.

Did Bill O'Reilly Doom a Tenure Bid?

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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."

Newly Tenured ... at Maryville, New Haven, Valley City State

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The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges:

Tenure in a Digital Era

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MLA and humanities consortium start effort to be sure scholars up for promotion receive fair evaluations of electronic contributions -- and to give peer review a needed update.

Newly Tenured ... at California Lutheran, Coastal Carolina, Northwestern (Iowa)

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The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges:

California Lutheran University

--Julia Fogg, religion
--Haco Hoang, political science
--Christina Soderlund, mathematics
--Cecilia Travick-Jackson, education

Coastal Carolina University

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