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ERIC Number: ED235762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Review of Selected Arbitration, Promotion, Retention and Tenure Decisions.
Leonard, W. Patrick
The use of arbitration to resolve faculty appointment, retention, promotion, and tenure disputes is addressed, based on a review of specific university arbitration decisions. The arbitration literature reveals that faculty employment status decisions are made almost exclusively with reference to academic judgment. Attributes that are frequently examined include level and appropriateness of academic preparation, professional experience, evidence of research and scholarship, teaching competence, professional demeanor, and service to institution and community. Additionally, program needs and fiscal constraints have been considered in personnel decisions. Some collective bargaining agreements foreclose external arbitration in matters involving academic judgment, while some contracts contain clauses exempting decisions based upon academic judgment from arbital judgment. However, procedural grievances have been employed as a means of attacking the underlying academic judgment issues. It is concluded that the concern over the intrusion of an outside influence into the domain of academic judgment does not appear to be supportable and that arbitration has encouraged all parties to be aware of the procedural steps specified in the contract. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A