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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The report presents several problems. The procedures proposed usually involve an administrator identifying low performers and initiating the faculty review, which at this stage does not carry the onus of a tenure revocation procedure. Some also regularly augment their professorial salaries with substantial fees for speeches to groups yearning to hear about how corrupt those awful professors are, sitting around teaching only a few hours each week and spending their ample leisure time criticizing everything sacred.

The faculty should also conduct the actual review process. The grievant ought to have access to a grievance procedure that puts the appeal before an independent arbitrator with the power to review the entire case, both procedurally and substantively, and to amend or reverse the decision.

We are becoming more and more familiar with what some administrators have come to call among themselves, “snared” governance as opposed to “shared” governance. Content, as it turns out. George Smith says a department with many faculty promotes “cross-fertilization.

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But I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t find that fun. Only universities are divided that way. Brown is a freelance science writer based in Columbia, Mo. Johnston, Higher Education Overall, there is, again, not enough recognition of the politics that we face.

It’s one thing to sit in a lecture with dozens of colleagues. In response, Committee A appointed a pfrley of its own members to draft a report on the recommendations for presentation to the entire Committee. What the critic of the Report regards as “longwindedness” is what gives the report its credibility and persuasiveness.

Working together, a group of researchers in a given specialty can obtain large grants for their department. Still, faculty in big departments typically enjoy more resources than do their small-school peers, from overhead-administrative funds for pegley travel, lab equipment, research assistants, and the like-to outside funding.

Third, the statement that, “the standard for dismissal or severe sanction remains that of adequate cause,” should be changed to “just cause. Strong protests from the floor succeeded in putting off the discussion until copies were distributed to the members. When combined with the massive workplace changes occurring in the business community, the concepts of downsizing and outsourcing became very much jakes part of the thinking of members of Boards of Trustees and then of administrators and their professional organizations.


Committee A discussed the report extensively in early June and pwrley it unanimously. That committee produced the compromise report uames be published in Academe. The criticisms offered to readers of the Conference Newsletter are quite contradictory: The issue of accountability in higher education has been a regular source of comment, debate and even angry invective.

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It might be possible to try to imagine a world in which the term “post-tenure review” did not exist. Where senate leaders find themselves asked to serve on the various committees associated with the planning process, they are often selected by administrators, rather than elected by the faculty, either directly or through their academic senate. Some researchers predict that increasing interdisciplinary focus and new technology will make departmental size issues moot.

The report states that, in 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 to correct the record. To twnure to begin the discussion, I offer a few observations on the report. When the discussion resumed, a motion was passed tenjre 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.

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Performance is almost always defined in terms of research productivity. I have had to broaden my interests. But the state legislature then puts the screws on in terms of teaching load. Robert Schlegel notes advantages of dividing up teaching duties among many faculty. The e-mail addresses of your state and national officers from Michigan are all listed in the masthead on page 2. Paul Gross notes that specialization in science tenre makes department size irrelevant. The administration can merely say that they are only presenting what has been already endorsed by the national AAUP and “what is your problem with your own organization?

Missing Link in Whale Evolutionary History. AAUP practice always calls for accuracy of information and fair debate when alternate views exist, and the membership should have a range of opinion available to them so they may make reasoned judgments on issues of vital importance to the Association and the profession.


The report on Post-Tenure Review, in its present form, is therefore jamee report based on research, analysis and thoughtful reflection by several AAUP bodies which, as anyone reading the text of the report quickly realizes, gives full space to discussion of opposing views.

Higher perle administrators have responded to the attacks on tenure and the calls for greater account. Thus, I wish to offer another perspective. The goals of those working to this end were reinforced by financial constraints on higher education and by a decrease in the willingness to mames higher education at both the federal and state level.

Thomas Stephenson likes the camaraderie of a small department. Meanwhile, smaller departments win kudos for a personal work environment that may offer faculty more power, less internal conflict, and an individual niche. Perley says he enjoys the challenge. In response to these developments and because the AAUP was virtually silent on the questions raised by these developments, I asked a Task Force iames study the increasingly hostile environment for tenure and to examine the phenomenon of post tenure review.

I urge every AAUP member to read the report carefully and to transmit your thoughts and your position to your local, state and national AAUP leadership.

But that’s not to say research isn’t important to me. Additional teaching pressure can come from politicians who-seeking favor with taxpayers-repeatedly push public university administrators to improve classes. Further, the question of how the standards, rules and procedures are to be formulated is clarified by the jams references to faculty involvement. The summary of tbe various points of view in the discussion is broadly accurate, but not tenur helpful when it comes to understanding the political context that must be taken into account when responding to specific proposals jmaes post-tenure review.

The jamss planning processes that have become so common at many universities typically bypass the academic senate in the selection of faculty representatives. 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.

Thus, many who are steady research producers and good teachers well might be candidates for post-tenure review. I have heard Wilfred Kaplan complain about this at the University of Michigan on more than one occasion, where the review in a grievance is by the very administrator against whose action it was filed.