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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Even when they don’t, small departments generally need faculty to carry heavier course loads than faculty in large departments do. Additional teaching pressure can come from politicians who-seeking favor with taxpayers-repeatedly push public university administrators to improve classes.

James Perley has found that a small department enables a researcher to be “your own person. It’s another thing to really know and work with your peers, according to Thomas Stephensonchairman of the chemistry department at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. The report presents several problems. No copies of the policy were distributed at the time of the announcement.

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Committee A discussed the report extensively in early June and adopted it unanimously. It is too easy. Johnston, Higher Education Grossa professor emeritus and former director of the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. By contrast, a large department can divide course requirements among many faculty members, lessening the burden on each person.

It is not by any stretch of the imagination “a compromise report” of two radically opposed factions as claimed. But I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t find that fun. Thomas Stephenson likes the camaraderie of a small department. The post-tenure review policy under discussion is a long overdue attempt to do just that. AREA is designed to fund smaller studies that might normally lose out to proposals from prolific faculty at large research institutions.


Faculty involvement could well pefley through a committee selected by the administration to judge faculty members, employing procedures dictated by administrators.

This policy will be likely be on the agenda of the next National Council meeting in November, Performance is almost always defined in terms of research productivity. In perleh most important section, it forcefully concludes that post-tenure review processes, if they are developed, must adhere to AAUP standards and must honor traditional standards of due process and peer review.

These are perle matters that are covered by other AAUP policies. They will all be happy to hear from you. There is no specification as to how the faculty members who are to perform these tasks are to be chosen.

Schlegelwho heads a member department of biochemistry and molecular biology at Pennsylvania State University. It is not surprising, then, that the concept of tenure should come under increased scrutiny and that attempts would be made to weaken or even eliminate it as a core feature of higher education, or that attempts would develop to invent new procedures aimed at jamea due process protections that inhere in tenure.

Faculty in different biology, chemistry, and other science departments are collaborating and cross-listing courses more than ever. At many of those universities and colleges without collective bargaining contracts, grievance procedures are little more than an informal review by administrators of the case.

Under these circumstances, juggling research and teaching can be stressful-particularly for professors in small state schools that may have limited resources, notes Terrence Russellexecutive director of the Association for Institutional Re- search, a Tallahassee, Fla.

Some also regularly augment their professorial salaries with substantial fees for speeches to groups yearning to hear about how corrupt those awful professors are, sitting around teaching only a few hours each week and spending their ample leisure time criticizing everything sacred. Further, the question of how the standards, rules and procedures are to be formulated is clarified by the report’s references to faculty involvement.


As more and more higher education associations began to praise the virtues of post-tenure review and as calls for increased accountability began to be heard from those in the media and from the public at large, legislators across the country began to draft legislation that would impose the requirement for post tenure reviews — legislation developed unilaterally and employing procedures and standards new to the academic world.

What the critic of the Report regards as “longwindedness” is what gives the report its credibility and persuasiveness. Higher education administrators have responded to the attacks on tenure and the calls for greater account.

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Marshall’s small microbiology department recently merged with a larger biology division, boosting the number of faculty members. We are becoming more and more familiar with what some administrators have come to call among themselves, “snared” governance as opposed to “shared” governance.

Meanwhile, smaller departments win kudos for a personal work environment that may offer faculty more power, less internal conflict, and an individual niche. The goals of those working to this end were reinforced by financial constraints on higher education and by a decrease in the perle to fund higher education at both the federal and state level.

The people that most determine your tenurd success are going to be those who [review] your grants, decide if your papers get published, et cetera.