One of the ultimate protections of being a tenured faculty member, historically, has been being immune from layoff in all but the most extraordinary circumstances. Under policies issued by the American Association of University Professors and largely accepted by higher education leaders, only institutions that declare "financial exigency" -- a state so dire that it "threatens the survival of the institution as a whole" -- can eliminate the jobs of tenured faculty members.
The following individuals have recently been awarded tenure by their colleges and universities:
Lake Washington Technical College
--Beth Davis, dental programs --Marti Garrels, medical assisting --Seema Jain, dental programs --Wes Mantooth, general education --Neera Mehta, student development and retention --Jerry Peterson, auto programs --Michael Richmond, auto programs
Saint Joseph College (Connecticut)
--Patrick Nickoletti, human development and family studies --Hong Zhou, computer science
On the surface, the proposed changes to the tenure system at Brown University may seem like relatively minor adjustments, designed to help junior faculty members build up a more complete portfolio of work for review. For instance, the review would be moved to the seventh year of employment instead of the sixth.