Tenure must die
This is a cross-post from the comments section of Dean Dad’s page here.Tenure = job security. Sounds a lot like the dinosaur of having a “union job” at the local factory. Both were relicts of an age when the individual put faith into the institution to take care of him into old age. As I watch Ford, GM,
So, the dynamics at play are:
- tenured faculty teach fewer students
- tenured faculty have more time for research
- tenured faculty are expected to spend time on institution business (committees, etc.)
- If tenured faculty capitalize (read: economic sense) on these advantages, then they will continue to ensure their position in the institution
But I agree with Dean Dad that this carrot may not be good for the institution as a whole. A segment of the profs will definitely like it. But the largest pool of workers (adjuncts and part-timers) are either led by the mistaken notion that they will achieve the promised status (few actually do) or resent the caste system altogether (lots do).One final note is the quality of instruction. A recent story in EdOnline reported a study that indicated that the quality of cc-instruction was diminished by an over-reliance on adjuncts. The jist was, adjuncts teach the bulk of the students (especially the lower level freshman/sophomore type and non-trads), those who would greatly benefit from contact and exposure to profs, were not getting that exposure because adjuncts and part-timers didn’t spend the same amount of out-of-class time with them. Especially telling in non-trads (night and weekend or online users) were likely to have limited or reduced prof exposure.
My final point. Institutions are part of the problem. If they continue to offer the sanctity of tenure and allow the
Below is the first paragraph of the Inside HigherEd article:
A new report on community college student engagement suggests that the academic experience of full-time students is substantially more interactive than that of their part-time peers and also documents a disparity between the proportion of students who value academic advising and those who obtain it.