ERIC Number: ED205112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Faculty Tenure and Management Flexibility' AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Greeno, Dorothy J.
Methods that can be used by administrators to provide flexibility in dealing with the issue of high faculty-tenure ratios were investigated, based on a literature review and a telephone survey of 22 major public research universities. Analysis of methods cited in the literature and by surveyed administrators to enable flexibility in the appointment of new faculty while also providing faculty academic freedom and a sense of security indicated the importance of careful planning, which starts at the departmental level and depends on teamwork of students, faculty, and administrators. Planning involves an understanding of the role and mission of the institution, an assessment of each department, and discovering ways to improve the quality of programs within the constraints of the budget. Nine methods reported in the literature that were not practiced by the universities are as follows: systemwide tenure, contracts for service, quotas on tenure, limited tenure for administrators, flexible ranks, new roles for senior faculty, increased faculty workload, increased use of part-time faculty, and having every major academic unit generate its own resources. Four methods reported by the university respondents that were not found in the literature are as follows: increased pretenure period to greater than seven years; deny tenure even in the seventh year in the case of declining demand; shared faculty resources with other departments and/or campuses; allowing a department an extra mortaged position to tenure an excellent faculty member, but taking away this position when another tenured position becomes vacant. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).