Oct-Nov 2009

Debating tenure

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The case for tenure

By Michiel Horn

What is it about tenure that gets some people so upset? That it grants certain employees a security not available to others? […]

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Why Tenure Has No Future

By Michael Bliss

Academic tenure as we have known has become largely irrelevant but is so unpopular that it does serious harm to the professoriate […]

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The Tenure Blues

By Mark Kingwell

Is the institution of tenure supportable? No, but not for the reasons you may think. Routine complaints about iron-clad job security and […]

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Are Tenured Faculty Slackers?

By James Soto Antony and Ruby Hayden

The word tenure, when used as a search term on ratemyprofessor.com, results in more than ratings for professors—it also showcases pervasive ideas […]

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The Real Case Against Tenure

By Pat Finn

A lot of nonsense is paraded as truth in arguments favouring getting rid of tenure. They are of the sort that show […]

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Gender Equity and the Tensions of Tenure

By Sandra Acker

Is academic tenure a gender issue? In the mid-1990s, a study of academic work produced responses like the following from women faculty […]

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Obama and the Crash: reshaping the intellectual agenda in Canada

By James Laxer

Major developments in American politics and society always provoke some combination of consternation, envy, imitation, rejection, or righteous indignation north of the […]

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John S. Saul: a passionate scholar

By Thomas Klassen

In a long career and life, there are ample opportunities to take sides, make judgements, and reach firm conclusions. This is perhaps […]

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Tenure and the Frights of Passage

By Steve Penfold

I always thought I was good at dealing with gatekeepers. After all, my parents lived in a border town for 15 years, […]

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Whither Tenure?

By Mark Rosenfeld

Tenure as we know it today is a relatively recently phenomenon, dating from the 1960s. Since then, it periodically has come under […]

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