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tenure



  • Fights over Tenure Aren't About Tenure

    by Molly Worthen

    "The fight over tenure is not really about tenure. It’s a proxy for a larger debate about the meaning of academic freedom and the priorities of higher education." If academics want to successfully protect tenure, they must engage the culture war battle, too. 



  • Nikole Hannah-Jones Issues Statement After Passing Up UNC for Howard University

    “I cannot imagine working at and advancing a school named for a man who lobbied against me, who used his wealth to influence the hires and ideology of the journalism school, who ignored my 20 years of journalism experience, all of my credentials, all of my work, because he believed that a project that centered Black Americans equaled the denigration of white Americans."



  • Finally: Tenure Vote for Hannah-Jones

    by Colleen Flaherty

    The Board of Trustees for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will hold a special meeting Wednesday, reportedly to vote on tenure for journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.



  • It’s Time for an Overhaul of Academic Freedom

    by Emily J. Levine

    The idea of academic freedom doesn't account for the present precarity of most university teachers, and doesn't rest on a positive concept of what professors should do with students and the public. 



  • The Conservative Disinformation Campaign Against Nikole Hannah-Jones

    by Alice Marwick and Daniel Kreiss

    Two of Nikole Hannah-Jones's prospective UNC colleagues describe the pressure to prevent her being hired with tenure a part of a long pattern of conservative political activism using disinformation and distortion as weapons to control what is taught at universities.



  • Academic Tenure Is Broken. Nikole Hannah-Jones’s Case Makes That Clear

    by William Egginton

    Many academics have objected to political interference in the University of North Carolina's decision to ignore the faculty recommendation to tenure Nikole Hannah-Jones as a Knight Foundation Chair of Journalism. This incident should not obscure the ways that the tenure system entrenches inequality when it works properly. 



  • Tenure’s Broken Promise

    The tenure system was established during historically flush times in higher ed, says historian John R. Thelin. Budgetary, ideological, and political changes affecting higher ed are calling into question whether academic work needs a different system. 



  • ‘Never Waste a Good Pandemic’

    "Robert J. Ferry, associate professor of history and chair of Boulder’s Faculty Assembly, said that he hadn’t been involved in any discussions about the proposal thus far but that future consideration 'needs to have full involvement of the faculty'."



  • Hit by COVID-19, Colleges Do the Unthinkable and Cut Tenure

    College administrators have invoked financial exigency to make radical revisions to the tenure protections enjoyed by faculty and diminish the faculty role in campus governance. The American Association of University Professors calls it a crisis.



  • Pandemic Imperils Promotions for Women in Academia

    As primary education has gone remote for another term, women professors with children argue that uneven distribution of domestic labor means their scholarly work is at a disadvantage compared to male and childless colleagues. "“I don’t need a clock extension,” Dr. Magdalena Osburn said. “I need an acknowledgment that this year is trash.”