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.
DENVER -- Gatherings of any significant number of faculty members on the tenure track feature many discussions of the stresses associated with coming up for tenure. Will I publish enough? Have I offended a senior colleague? Do I know what the review committee really cares about? The American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting here is no different, with plenty of hallway chatter among younger scholars about their chances.
At many colleges and universities, the tenure trinity of teaching, research and service is widely viewed (at least by those coming up for tenure) as a myth. A new book (or articles in the right journals) will trump a great teaching idea every time, say many professors. Classroom innovation doesn't get any credit.
The late Leona Helmsley doesn't get quoted that much in faculty deliberations, but she was featured prominently in a memo circulated this spring at DePaul University -- a memo that set off an intense debate about the fairness of the tenure process.