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ERIC Number: EJ801443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-6
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Closely Watched Tenure Case at Columbia University Is Still Unsettled
Wilson, Robin; Byrne, Richard
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n39 pA13 Jun 2008
This article reports on an unsettled tenure case at Columbia University. The high-profile and controversial tenure bid of Joseph A. Massad, a Palestinian-American professor of Arab politics, was turned down by Columbia University's provost, Alan Brinkley. Mr. Massad's case follows closely on two other high-profile tenure bids affected by the controversy engulfing Middle East-studies departments and scholarship involving the politics of war and peace in the region. Like those cases, Mr. Massad's tenure bid has stirred debate over what constitutes academic freedom. It has also prompted questions over whether outside groups should have influence on academic decisions. The provost's negative decision over Mr. Massad's tenure case touched off months of negotiations between Mr. Massad's supporters and university administrators. Columbia officials, the sources said, finally agreed to establish a new ad hoc committee to decide Mr. Massad's case, although the university did not acknowledge any problems or irregularities in how the first committee had conducted its job.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York