ERIC Number: ED430607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Dismissal of Tenured Faculty--the College Administrator's Ugly Responsibility.
Fusch, Gene E.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the proper procedures that must be followed in the dismissal of tenured faculty at a technical community college. While many resources on motivating and managing employees exist, little information is available pertaining to strategies for coping with unsatisfactory instructors who are unresponsive to counseling initiatives. Using a fictional case study as example, this study defines the types of procedures and documentation necessary to dismiss a tenured faculty member for incompetence at Renton Technical College (WA). The termination of a non-tenured instructor's contracts is relatively straightforward, but the process for a tenured instructor is more complicated. Model vignettes between a fictional administrator, unsatisfactory faculty member and union representative are constructed in accordance with Frederick Hertzberg's Motivator-Hygiene theory and Renton Technical College's Tenure Review Committee Handbook. The resulting protocol suggests a multiple phase process in which the outcome is dependent on the decisions and behaviors of the instructor and administrator at each stage. The instructor is counseled, behavior is documented, a de-hiring proposal is developed and, if necessary, a written report is submitted to the tenure review committee and the College's Board of Trustees. (SKF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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