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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Robert Schlegel notes advantages of dividing up teaching duties among many faculty.

Strong protests from the floor succeeded in putting off the discussion until copies tenjre distributed to the members. The world is not divided into parochial chunks of information, like narrow academic units. Meanwhile, smaller departments win kudos for a personal work environment that may offer faculty more power, less internal conflict, and an individual niche. It might be possible to try to imagine a world in which the term “post-tenure review” did not exist.

Some of these are mine and some have been offered to me by others. Like Smith, many researchers enjoy picking up broad ideas from a big group of colleagues.

As more and more higher education associations began to praise the virtues of post-tenure review and as calls for increased accountability began to be heard from those tenuree the media and from the public at large, legislators across the country began to draft legislation that would impose the requirement for post tenure reviews — legislation developed unilaterally and employing procedures and standards new to the academic world.

Let us know what you think about the report.

But that’s not to say research isn’t important to perlfy. 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.

The faculty review is almost always couched in terms of remedial action, wanting to help the faculty member improve performance. The people that most determine your career success are going to be those who [review] your grants, decide if your papers get published, et cetera.

The strategic planning processes that have become so common at many universities typically bypass the academic senate in the selection of faculty representatives. It is not by any stretch of the imagination “a compromise report” of two radically opposed factions as claimed.


For those faculty who do not enjoy the protections of a collective bargaining contract, who knows what they may face. Under these circumstances, juggling research and teaching can be stressful-particularly for professors in small state schools that may have limited resources, notes Terrence Russellexecutive director of the ;erley for Institutional Re- search, a Tallahassee, Fla.

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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. The report, endorsed by Committee A tenufe Tenure, is being published for review and comment by the membership in the forthcoming issue of Academe.

A more likely explanation is renure under most university’s statutes administrators have the responsibility to initiate the tenure revocation process. Overall, there is, again, not enough recognition of the politics that we face. Paul Gross notes that specialization in science today makes department size irrelevant.

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

By pushing for instituting post-tenure review processes, administrators get themselves off the hook. But I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t find that fun. The procedural proposals, primarily found at the end of this long, and longwinded, summary have serious problems.

Thus, I wish to offer another perspective. Johnston, Higher Education The report is the product of somewhat intricate national AAUP politics.

Others complement these attacks on tenure by coming at it from another direction.

In a small department, you have to work cooperatively because there are so few of you. 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. Faculty involvement could well be through a committee selected by the administration to judge faculty members, employing procedures dictated by administrators. In a department with some 40 faculty members, he’s likely to hear lectures on topics as diverse as neurobiology and plant genetics.

On the other hand, large departments may sometimes sacrifice one-on-one faculty interaction. 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 organization of the report, with the long discussion preceding the policy recommendation, is not the most fortunate form of presentation. Wooster is a small place. 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. 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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Still, faculty in big departments typically enjoy more resources than do their small-school peers, from overhead-administrative funds for faculty travel, lab equipment, research assistants, and the like-to outside funding. These administrators, nevertheless, must deal with those outside the academy, politicians and others, who think that faculty members are a shiftless lot feeding at the public trough.

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? There is a need for the report to be subjected to close inspection by the members of the AAUP. 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.

Thomas Stephenson likes the camaraderie of a small department. I have had to broaden my interests.

The Debate over Post-Tenure Review

This policy will be likely be on the agenda of the next National Council meeting in November, Only universities are divided that way. Nearly 20 years later, Perley is still at Wooster, in a department with seven other faculty members. The last edition of the Michigan Conference Newsletter published one teunre of view on post-tenure review and AAUP’s position on this complex and critically important subject. Since these standards have risen steadily over the past two decades, there are tenuge faculty members who were granted tenure long ago and might not currently meet the most stringent standards of today.

Marshall’s small microbiology department recently merged with a larger biology division, boosting the number of faculty members.

Perley, however, had studied and worked in big schools, including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Now, if you just had a department of 10 [faculty members], it would be perleu to get that money.

In a small department, that may be a serious problem. The summary of the controversy is unremarkable.