Late last year, the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) initiated a process to eliminate 170 academic jobs to cut costs. The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) found AUT’s approach breached its collective employment agreement with staff and their union and ordered it to withdraw the termination notices. The Employment Relations Authority has issued a compliance order to the university, requiring […] … learn more→
Tag Archives: Tenure
New Zealand does not offer tenure to academics, but a recent employment dispute shows it’s more than a job perk
Early-career professors want changes in how tenure is evaluated in wake of pandemic effects on productivity
After two years of living through a pandemic, thoughts of returning to normal have shifted to focus on establishing a “new normal.” The COVID-19 pandemic yielded profound changes to research activities and operations at universities. These have had impacts on the career progression, productivity, health and well-being of faculty members. With colleagues, I conducted a national Canadian survey of tenured and tenure-track faculty members at […] … learn more→
Academic tenure: What it is and why it matters
How would you like a job that was guaranteed and allowed you to do your work as you see fit and speak your mind with no repercussions? Most people would, and that’s the idea behind academic tenure. In the following Q&A, George Justice, an English professor and author of “How to Be a Dean,” explains […] … learn more→
Wyoming best practices: Destroy Higher Ed
A few years back, I called attention to changes to the way how higher education in Wisconsin was being run. Namely, they were introducing new rules which potentially could eliminate tenure, annihilate academics, and reorganize higher education into a jobs training program. Naturally, the politicos making the changes said that the “potential” was just pure […] … learn more→
What being a professional bodybuilder taught me about gaining tenure
Squatting, curling, pressing, sprinting and preparing meals with the ideal combination of fats, carbs and proteins dominate hours of female bodybuilders’ lives. Such women also spend hours perfecting posing routines and give a final few more to spray-tanning and hair and make-up styling for competitions. They may be on the competition stage for 15 minutes, showcasing what they […] … learn more→
Remove tenure by changing name of School…seriously?
In the Communist takeovers of the 20th century, the shapers of public opinion were targeted for either control or elimination. This is understandable, as socialist ideas generally can’t stand up to any intelligent challenge…getting rid of people with an opposing point of view, particularly those who can express that view to the public, is thus […] … learn more→
Two more States remove tenure…retroactively
The mainstream media’s narrative really seems to be that tenure, and not the takeover by administrators (and social justice warriors), is a big part of the collapse of higher education. Hey, I realize that “job for life” does sound like it has immense potential for abuse but compared to the abuse administrators already deliver to […] … learn more→
Should writing for the public count toward tenure?
Many pressing issues have been calling for attention these days – the unprecedented increase in mortality rates among white Americans, the Black Lives Matter movement and the upending of the Republican Party. At the root of many of these issues are complex sociological reasons. For example, there is good reason to believe that the the […] … learn more→
Alabama: Tenure OUT Strongman IN
Alabama is removing tenure, but before I get to that, I feel the need to give some background: The degeneration of higher education, slowly increasing over the last few decades, is now visible to the casual observer. The free-fall reduction of standards to the point that social promotion is unimpeded in college, to the point […] … learn more→
Is it time to eliminate tenure for professors?
The State College of Florida recently scrapped tenure for incoming faculty. New professors at this public university will be hired on the basis of annual contracts that the school can decline to renew at any time. The decision has been highly controversial. But this is not the first time tenure has come under attack. In […] … learn more→