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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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In this view, the Woodstock generation grew up or perhaps didn’t to become today’s faculty members and are corrupting our youth. Since these standards have risen steadily over the past two decades, there are many faculty members who were granted tenure long ago and might not currently meet the most stringent standards of today. AREA is designed to fund smaller studies that might normally lose out to proposals from prolific faculty at large research institutions.

Working together, a group of researchers in a given specialty can obtain large grants for their department. On the other hand, large departments may sometimes sacrifice one-on-one faculty interaction.

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

Discuss it among yourselves and with your local officers. Johnston, Higher Education Maybe if we feed the sharks a few tasty appetizers, they won’t want a main course.

Another Perspective on Post-Tenure Review. 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. The e-mail addresses of your state and national officers from Michigan are all listed in the tenute on page 2.

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.

The Debate over Post-Tenure Review

The procedures proposed usually involve an administrator identifying low performers and initiating the faculty review, tenre at this stage does not carry the onus of a tenure revocation procedure. 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.


Third, the statement that, “the standard for dismissal or severe sanction remains that of adequate cause,” should be changed to “just cause.

It is not by any stretch of the imagination “a compromise report” of two radically opposed factions as claimed. 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. George Smith says a department with many faculty promotes “cross-fertilization.

The report, endorsed by Committee A on Tenure, is being published for review and comment by the membership in the forthcoming issue of Academe. Faculty involvement could well be through a committee selected by the administration to judge faculty members, employing procedures dictated by administrators. Smaller schools-particularly those that enroll undergraduates only-have traditionally emphasized teaching over research.

For those faculty who do not enjoy the protections of a collective bargaining contract, who knows what they may face. I have had to broaden my interests. To help to begin the discussion, I offer a few observations on the report.

Others complement these attacks on tenure by coming at it from another direction. The summary of tbe various points of view in the discussion is broadly accurate, but not very helpful when it comes to understanding the political context that must be taken into account when responding to specific proposals for post-tenure review.

This policy will be likely be on the agenda of the next National Council meeting in November, The report on Post-Tenure Review, in its present form, is therefore a 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.

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


Meanwhile, smaller departments win kudos for a personal work environment that may offer faculty more power, less internal conflict, and an individual niche.

Brown is a freelance science writer based in Columbia, Mo. Following the adoption by Committee A, Council endorsed the statement at its meeting the following week.

Cohen, Scientometrics3: The report presents several problems.

Another major problem with the recommendations is the vague reference to the procedure to which faculty members who are dissatisfied with their review have resort.

Few studies have compared faculty satisfaction in big and small departments.

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James Perley has found that a small department enables a researcher to be “your own person. In short, the response is, we’ll go after some faculty members in order to save the situation for the rest of us. A subsequent committee was formed with representation from the Roworth Committee and Committee A to consider the differences between the two committees.

For example, the report states that the post-tenure review program should, “at the least, involve faculty members in their design and implementation.

We all go to our seminars and come away with new ideas. Performance is almost always defined in terms of research productivity. Some administrators even inflame these sentiments. 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 jaames, and the like-to outside funding.

Faculty in different biology, chemistry, and other science departments are collaborating and cross-listing courses more than ever. 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 teure to conduct these new reviews.