ERIC Number: EJ827353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: N/A
Nameless, New Haven, and Nicholls
Kurland, Jordan E.
Academe, v94 n6 p20-21 Nov-Dec 2008
This article presents three recent American Association of University Professors (AAUP) cases that involved the dismissal of a senior non-tenure-track member of the faculty. The most recent case resulted in the investigating committee's report on Nicholls State University, a regional public institution in Louisiana. Preceding Nicholls was an investigating committee's report on the University of New Haven, a private institution in Connecticut. In the first of the three cases, an investigation was authorized in April 2007 at a public university located roughly halfway between Louisiana and Connecticut. Upon the announcement of an investigation, the administration withdrew its dismissal action, thus resolving the matter of immediate concern. The issues in the case are discussed in this article, but the institution will be called "Nameless" instead of being identified. The three cases presented in this article reveal that non-tenure-track faculty members are vulnerable to dismissal simply because someone in authority wishes to be rid of them and they lack the procedural safeguards that accrue with tenure.
Descriptors: Investigations, Tenure, College Faculty, Nontenured Faculty, Teacher Dismissal, Public Colleges, Private Colleges, Standards
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Louisiana