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  SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Education -- Tenure review: Job-security tool for teachers gets fresh scrutiny
Tenure guarantees that public school teachers who have this protection cannot be fired without legitimate cause and due process, perhaps even a court hearing.
Tenure is most associated with colleges and universities, where prospective professors earn it by compiling a rigorous record of research, teaching and service.
Tenure, she said, is meant mainly as an assurance of fair review, while certification and regular evaluation of teachers are indicators of quality.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/education/20040704-1020-teachertenure.html   (715 words)

 Tenure definition document promotes wide-ranging dialogue
Although agreeing that tenure is important to the vitality of the University and to preserve academic freedom, forum speakers differed on how far the University should go in codifying the rights and responsibilities associated with tenure.
Tenure, Dau-Schmidt said, is important for the efficient operation of academic departments because peer review is needed to decide whose research, teaching and service merit the offering of tenure.
Kent D. Syverud, professor of law and principal author of "Toward a Definition of Tenure," said one of the difficulties in drafting a definition of tenure is the broad array of tenure and promotion practices at the University.
www.umich.edu /~urecord/9495/Feb13_95/tenure.htm   (715 words)

 Tenure -- What is It? (Dennis G. Jerz -- Seton Hill University)
Tenure is a professor's permanent job contract, granted after a probationary period of six or seven years.
At most smaller colleges, a faculty member's eligibility for tenure is determined by first by teaching ability, second by publication record (academic or creative, depending on what the candidate was hired to teach), and third by a combination of departmental service (participation in various faculty committees) and student advising.
The Tenure Controversy at the University of Minnesota
jerz.setonhill.edu /resources/FAQ/tenure.htm   (580 words)

 NEA Higher Education - Tenure
Tenure is a topic that has produced much heated discussion in recent years.
Some argue that tenure is an outmoded concept, and, if institutions are going to remain competitive, they need to be able to have more flexibility to hire and fire faculty as student needs change.
Others argue that tenure is vital to the protection of academic freedom and that without tenure we will return to the days when faculty were dismissed for teaching unpopular opinions.
www.nea.org /he/tenure.html   (281 words)

 Tenure-Track Program
The conferring of tenure in intramural research is a vote of confidence in the achievements and potential of the candidate, and the research support which is implied by that decision requires that it be made with maximum care.
Tenure at NIH is defined as the long-term commitment of salary, personnel, and research resources needed to conduct an independent research program within the scope of the institutes' missions, and subject to regular review by the Laboratory/Branch Chief and review and approval at least every four years by the Boards of Scientific Counselors.
If a candidate is advanced for tenure consideration before six years have elapsed, and is denied tenure, his or her Scientific Director with approval of the ICD Director may re-submit the tenure application at a later date, but before the six year maximum.
www.training.nih.gov /handbook/tenure.html   (3628 words)

 Jeffrey A. Miron, The Economics of the Tenure System: Library of Economics and Liberty
The general interpretation of tenure holds that universities cannot fire tenured faculty except for gross dereliction of duty and cannot cut their nominal salaries (otherwise, tenure would be meaningless).
The key problem is that this view does not distinguish between the effects of tenure on tenured faculty and the effects of tenure on those still trying to achieve tenure.
Yet if tenure is a useful system on balance, limiting its use in public higher education places these institutions at a competitive disadvantage relative to their private sector counterparts.
www.econlib.org /library/Columns/Mirontenure.html   (2127 words)

 Tenure Policy
For an initial appointment without indefinite tenure at the rank of professor, the tenure decision deadline is the end of the second year of the three-year term of appointment (see the subsection on Terms of the present section of this Policy regarding this exceptional case).
Faculty appointment and tenure decisions are governed by the contributions the candidate has made and is expected to make to the excellence of the university, the advancement of the candidate's academic field, the quality of education and the functioning and welfare of the university community.
Indefinite tenure is granted to a candidate whose record shows that the leadership and reputation inherent in the attributes of a full professor are established or are clearly in the process of being established.
www.cmu.edu /policies/documents/Tenure.html   (10428 words)

 Academic Affairs: Promotion and Tenure
Tenure ensures the academic freedom that is essential to an atmosphere conducive to the free search for truth and the attainment of excellence in the University.
Tenure, therefore, will be granted to faculty members whose character, achievements in serving the University's missions, and potential for effective long-term performance warrant the institution's reciprocal long-term commitment.
Tenure is granted for achievement, not for years in rank, but under normal circumstances faculty will be considered for tenure in their sixth year of service in professorial rank.
oregonstate.edu /admin/aa/faculty/tenure.html   (3210 words)

In accordance with the Laws of the Regents, tenure is granted to faculty, after a rigorous probationary period, on the basis of "meritorious performance" in teaching, research, and service and "demonstrated excellence" in teaching or research (see Attachment 2).
Tenure guarantees a climate of free inquiry, in which faculty and students study and learn the lessons of the past, understand the present state of knowledge, and pursue new paths of inquiry without having to adapt to current intellectual preferences or fashions.
Tenure provides for the orderly induction of individual faculty into the community of mature scholars, based upon a rigorous evaluation of past accomplishment and future promise in teaching and research as measured by objective criteria and experts from outside CU.
www.colorado.edu /aar/tenure   (1820 words)

But professors say the tenure code would be seriously weakened by some of the ideas being circulated: allowing the university to lay off tenured professors if their departments are abolished; specifying that tenure guarantees only part of a professor's compensation; and evaluating the performance of tenured professors.
Tenure is essential to academic freedom, which is itself essential to the free flow of ideas that makes a university great, they say.
She says tenure is only one piece of the broader question of how to increase the university's flexibility to manage itself.
www.colorado.edu /aar/tenure/Chronicle_article.htm   (1783 words)

 Status of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty (AAUP Report)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Academic programs and a tenure system are not stable when institutions rely heavily on non-tenure-track faculty who receive few if any opportunities for professional advancement, whose performance may not be regularly reviewed or rewarded, and who may be shut out of the governing structures of the departments and institutions that appoint them.
The growing trend to place research and clinical faculty of the institution on temporary contract weakens the academic freedom of the professor, and in so doing also weakens the protection afforded the institution and the public welfare that exists when professors are free to evaluate candidly research in their field.
To be off the tenure track in an institution that has a tenure system also usually means being outside the structure of faculty governance and, for most part-time faculty, outside the bargaining unit in those institutions where there are faculty unions.
www.georgetown.edu /crossroads/opportunities/aaup.html   (5858 words)

 Faculty Appointments, Promotion and Tenure   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Except for faculty members who have tenure status, every person with a full-time teaching or research appointment shall be informed each year in writing of his or her appointment, the number of probationary years remaining and the year of tenure consideration.
Tenure is granted to faculty members who, during a probationary period, have demonstrated superior academic ability and give promise of effective long-term service to the University.
If a tenured faculty member to be released is nearing retirement age, he or she should be encouraged to retire early in accordance with existing early retirement policies.
www.neu.edu /handbook2/appointments.html   (7183 words)

 Tenure - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tenure commonly refers to academic tenure systems, in which professors (at university level)—and, in some jurisdictions, schoolteachers (primary and secondary school levels)—are granted the right not to be dismissed without cause after an initial probation.
Tenure systems usually are justified via claim that they provide academic freedom, by preventing instructors from being dismissed for openly disagreeing either with authorities or with prevailing opinion or with both.
Another purpose of the academic tenure probationary period was raising the performance standards of the faculty by pressing new professors to perform to the standard of the school's established faculty.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tenure   (3792 words)

 Changes are Coming Soon in Academic-Tenure System
At a meeting on tenure's future, held at Harvard University in October, journalists, lawmakers and academicians debated whether tenure is a valuable protection for academic freedom or, as some lawmakers and university trustees charge, an indulgent guarantee of job security.
Tenure's protection of academic freedom-the right of faculty to push the bounds of conventional thinking without having their jobs threatened by government and business-is at the core of the tenure debate.
Tenure protects the freedom necessary to consistently push the boundaries of existing technologies that likely would not have been developed if their early research were able to be stopped.'
www.apa.org /monitor/jan99/tenure.html   (725 words)

 Article IX, 2001-2003 Contract: Massachusetts State College Association   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Tenure has its place in the academic community as the principal means through which academic freedom is preserved.
The serious decision of granting tenure demands that the President, before making recommendations to the Board, have substantial evidence, determined through professional evaluation, that the candidate will be a constructive and significant contributor to the continuous development of high quality education in the institution.
1. A tenured member of the bargaining unit, without regard to the means by which he/she attained tenure, shall not be removed from his/her position except upon a finding by the Board that just cause exists, which finding shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this Article and shall not be arbitrary or capricious.
mscaunion.org /contract/articl9.htm   (2150 words)

 Post-Tenure Faculty Evaluation. ERIC Digest.
They believe that sufficient evaluation already occurs and that additional periodic institutional evaluation of tenured faculty would reap little benefit; would be very costly, not only in money and time, but also in the diminution of creativity and collegiality; and would ultimately threaten academic freedom.
Of equal concern are the predictions that by the late 1980s, approximately 80 percent of faculty will be tenured at institutions where a tenure system operates and that by 2000, the modal age of tenured faculty will be between 55 and 65.
Post-tenure evaluation is not in opposition to the principle of tenure and to AAUP policy statements about tenure, provided that the evaluation is not used as grounds for dismissal and that any recommended dismissal is subject to normal academic due process.
www.ericdigests.org /pre-926/tenure.htm   (1035 words)

 Land tenure - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Land tenure is the name given, particularly in common law systems, to the legal regime in which land is owned by an individual, who is said to "hold" the land.
The term "tenure" is used to signify the relationship between tenant and lord, not the relationship between tenant and land.
The most important were payment of rent (socage tenure), military service (Knight-service), the performance of some form of religious service (frank-almoigne tenure) and personal/official service, including in times of war (serjeanty tenure).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Land_tenure   (896 words)

 Education Policy Analysis Archives: Vol. 5 No. 6 Haskell: Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Student Evaluation of Faculty
tenure decisions could not be based solely on assessments which were completed by students who had never been made aware of the ramifications of their statements....To base serious career decisions narrowly on student evaluations is not to be encouraged.....
Unlike these organizations, academic tenure is for the protection of the education function, not individual faculty jobs; it is for the protection of the role of the university in a democratic society.
SEF is increasingly used in evaluation of faculty for tenure and low evaluation is taken as prima facie evidence of teaching ineffectiveness, thus justifying not awarding tenure to a faculty.
epaa.asu.edu /epaa/v5n6.html   (12742 words)

 danieldrezner.com :: Daniel W. Drezner :: So Friday was a pretty bad day....   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Tenure is almost a crap shoot at too many institutions (I suspect there are multiple reasons for calling the institutions) of higher education.
I was denied tenure by the psychology department at the University of Oregon because I would not pretend that the mafia that ran the department was benign.
Tenured academics tend to be lazy and self-congradulatory in the extreme.
www.danieldrezner.com /archives/002353.html   (13425 words)

 Employee Tenure
Median years of tenure with current employer for employed wage and salary workers by age and sex, selected years, 1996-2006
Distribution of employed wage and salary workers by tenure with current employer, age, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, January 2006
Median years of tenure with current employer for employed wage and salary workers 25 years and over by educational attainment, sex, and age, January 2006
www.bls.gov /news.release/tenure.toc.htm   (133 words)

 BERKELEY / Embattled UC teacher is granted tenure / Critic of campus' ties with biotech lost initial bid
A widely watched tenure battle at UC Berkeley has ended in victory for assistant professor Ignacio Chapela, an outspoken critic of campus ties to the biotech industry.
The university has reversed its 2003 rejection of Chapela's tenure bid and hired him as a regular member of the faculty, campus spokeswoman Marie Felde said Friday.
But his bid was rejected by a third faculty committee that included a member who also served on the advisory committee for the Novartis deal -- a fact that helped inflame widespread controversy over the case.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/05/21/BAG8VCSGL41.DTL   (643 words)

 AAUP: Tenure   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
AAUP » Issues in Higher Education » Tenure
Since its founding in 1915, the Association has seen tenure as necessary to protect academic freedom.
Key Association policy statements are the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the 1958 Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings, and the Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure.
www.aaup.org /AAUP/issuesed/tenure   (136 words)

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