Topic: Tenure

Is there a metric to evaluate tenure?

By Tim Sibbald and Victoria Handford

How much can data meaningfully inform decisions about tenure? If data only tell part of the story, perhaps faculty should be evaluated […]

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The abuses and perverse effects of quantitative evaluation in the academy

By Yves Gingras

The world of academic research is scored according to so-called “objective” measures, with an emphasis on publications and citations. But the very […]

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Dérives et effets pervers de l’évaluation quantitative de la recherche

By Yves Gingras

Les professeurs et les chercheurs universitaires sont de plus en plus évalués à l’aide de mesures dites « objectives », qui mettent […]

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Tenure and Academic Freedom: The Beginning of the End

By Benjamin Ginsberg

Since the Second World War, Canadian and American universities have offered faculty members tenure, the promise of lifetime employment to those who […]

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Performance Pressure

By Megan A. Kirk and Ryan E. Rhodes

Are New Faculty At-Risk of “Letting Themselves Go” due to the Demands of their Profession?

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Seeking tenure? How junior scholars should navigate troubled departmental waters

By Judith Taylor

Universities most often respond to junior faculty members’ concerns about tenure and the tenure process with workshops offering tips and strategies for how to conduct their work lives optimally pre-tenure and how to prepare the best case for winning tenure. While these workshops are helpful, they assume a basic meritocratic structure, uniformity of objectivity, and fairness across departments, an assumption that is more myth than reality.

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