ERIC Number: ED053697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-16
Reference Count: 0
Reexamining Tenure at Hampshire College for the AAHE Section on "Reexamination of Tenure: Implications of Collective Bargaining and Contracts for Service."
Von Der Lippe, Robert
This paper, prepared for a panel discussion of tenure policies, describes newly established Hampshire College's adoption of a contract system, as opposed to a life-tenure system. Following the description is a consideration of possible alternatives within the contract system and of variations to tenure adopted by other campuses. At Hampshire, academic freedom is valued but not linked to the procedural concept of life tenure. Terms of an initial contract are 3, 4, or 5 years; longer options are generally granted to senior faculty members. Faculty are reappointed for not less than 3 nor more than 7 years. The experimental nature of the College combined with the policy of requiring candidates to write a proposal specifying expectations of their performance over the contract period play important roles in faculty commitment. In its examination of reappointment procedures, the College is focusing attention on finding ways to assure due process while using as many evaluative sources of a faculty member's performance as possible. The 2 major questions involve length of contract and uncertainty about trust among trustees, administrators, faculty and students in a college lacking a traditional governance structure. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Hampshire Coll., Amherst, MA.
Identifiers: Hampshire College MA