Tenure

A 'Practical Guide' to the Academic Portfolio

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It's not a new thing for professors to document their teaching, research and service. That's how people get hired and earn tenure and promotions. But many more colleges are adopting a portfolio system in which professors create more of a full portfolio than a series of lists and dates. This movement is changing both the way individuals are evaluated and the way institutions assess themselves.

Exception to the Rule

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From the 1990s on, many colleges have increasingly relied on adjunct professors. Elon has gone from majority part timers to 74 percent tenure track -- and it's not done yet.

Tenure on the Chopping Block

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Kentucky community college system leaders have plan to eliminate traditional job security for all new faculty hires.

Racial Gaps in Faculty Job Satisfaction

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Key study for first time features ethnic breakdowns, finding that white and Latino professors hold similar views but that some minority groups are less happy.

Newly Tenured ... at Wabash, Wesleyan

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

Wabash College

  • Jonathan Baer, philosophy/religion
  • Lon Porter, chemistry

Wesleyan University

  • Jane Alden, music
  • Masami Imai, economics
  • Francis Starr, physics

Ignorance About 'Stop the Clock' Policies

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The best of colleges' "family friendly" policies may be profoundly unfriendly if you tell new parents about them, but not other key people -- such as those who evaluate those new parents for tenure.

Newly Tenured ... at Middlebury, U. of Texas at Austin

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

Middlebury College

  • Jason Arndt, psychology
  • Louisa Burnham, history
  • Jessica Holmes, economics
  • Christian Keathley, film and media culture

University of Texas at Austin

  • Aydogan Alti, finance
  • Jennifer Ebbeler, classics
  • Jennifer Huang, finance
  • Clemens Sialm, finance

Newly Tenured ... at Gustavus Adolphus, Williams

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

Gustavus Adolphus College

  • Margaret C. Bloch Qazi, biology
  • Priscilla Briggs, art and art history
  • Scott K. Bur, chemistry
  • Casey Elledge, religion
  • Elizabeth A. Jenner, sociology and anthropology
  • Sujay Rao, history
  • Michelle L. Twait, library

Williams College

Turmoil Over 70 Faculty Layoffs at Clark Atlanta

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While not declaring financial exigency, university gets rid of significant share of professors. Classes called off today to allow for reassignment of courses of dismissed professors.

U.S. Appeals Court Rules for Tenure Rights

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Judges reverse decision that applied unusual Puerto Rico law to limit ability of a professor to challenge an unfair dismissal.

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