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academic life as tenure and collegial governance. *Direct all correspondence to: James E. Perley, Department of Biology, Mateer Hall, College of Wooster. During my four years of service as President of the AAUP, higher education has been under increasing critical scrutiny and these examinations of the academy. View the profiles of professionals named James Perley on LinkedIn. There are 16 professionals named James Perley, who use LinkedIn to exchange.

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Even when they don’t, small departments generally need faculty to carry heavier course loads than faculty in large departments do. These are incidental matters that are covered by other AAUP policies. Faculty in different biology, chemistry, and other perleyy departments are collaborating and cross-listing courses more than ever.

Some researchers predict that increasing interdisciplinary focus and new technology will make departmental size issues moot. The last edition of the Michigan Conference Newsletter published one point of view on post-tenure review and AAUP’s position on this complex and critically important subject.

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The goals of those working to this end were reinforced by jajes constraints on higher education and by a decrease in the willingness to fund higher education at both the federal and state level.

In this view, the Woodstock generation grew up or perhaps didn’t to become today’s faculty members and are corrupting our youth. The world is not divided into parochial chunks of information, like narrow academic units. The summary of tbe various points of view in the discussion is broadly accurate, but not very helpful when it comes to understanding teunre political context that must be taken into account when responding to specific perlye for post-tenure review.

Smaller schools-particularly those that enroll undergraduates only-have traditionally emphasized teaching over research. But that’s not to say research isn’t important to me.

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Third, the statement that, “the standard for dismissal or severe sanction remains that of adequate cause,” should be changed to “just cause. Schlegelwho heads a member department of biochemistry and molecular biology at Pennsylvania State University. Informally, researchers agree that differently sized departments offer classic pros and cons. Thomas Stephenson likes the camaraderie of a small department.


For those faculty who do not enjoy the protections of a collective bargaining contract, who knows what they may face. If this statement is adopted as policy, those of us in collective bargaining units may very likely find post-tenure review on the table as we begin negotiations over our next contract, put there by our own national organization. The report states that, tejure the event of a negative outcome, “he or she should have the right to appeal the findings through a grievance procedure that offers the opportunity tebure correct the record.

It takes some grit to single out faculty members for tenure revocation and higher education administrators are not known for their willingness to take bold action. Some tejure these are mine and some have been offered to me by others.

The Council subsequently complied with the wishes of the business meeting. When told that every institution has at its disposal the legal means to dismiss incompetent faculty members, and that the AAUP standards for tenure recognize it, administrators often respond that it’s too hard to make a case or it leads to too many lawsuits. In a small department, that may be a serious problem.

The Key To Academic Bliss Can Be Found In Large Or Small Departments

No copies of the policy were distributed at the time of the announcement. Martin Trow stresses the importance of departmental resources as opposed to size. Working together, a group of researchers in a given specialty can obtain large grants for their department. When I began my first term as President of the AAUP, it was becoming undeniably clear that powerful forces aimed at restructuring the academic world were at work.

Johnston, Higher Education Such a system would hardly meet even minimal standards of peer review. James Perley has found that a small department enables a researcher to be “your own person.


In response to these developments and because the AAUP was virtually silent on the questions raised by these developments, I asked a Task Force to study the increasingly hostile environment for tenure and to examine the phenomenon of post tenure review. In such cases, a professor’s day-to-day teaching and research may have little to do with his or her department, regardless of its size.

Since such a world does not exist, the AAUP can either continue to remain silent on the phenomenon and therefore not be a part of the debates which are raging and threaten to significantly affect our lives, or we can do our best to help shape emerging developments around our principles. Academic critics, like Richard Chait, fan the flames of this controversy with regular attacks on tenure as the protector of incompetence. Kyvik, Higher Education But the state legislature then puts the screws on in terms of teaching load.

Further, the question of how the standards, rules and procedures are to be formulated is clarified by the report’s references to faculty involvement.

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They can tell the critics that they are doing something about the situation about which they are concerned and can push off the major responsibility onto the faculty to conduct these new reviews. It’s another thing to really know and work with your peers, according to Thomas Stephensonchairman of the chemistry department at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

When the discussion resumed, a motion was passed that asked that the Council withdraw its approval of the report as policy and that it be published in Academe for review and comment by members across the country. That’s going to translate into quite a few courses per year.