ERIC Number: EJ832330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
On Extending the Probationary Period
Andrews, James G.
Academe, v95 n1 p39-40 Jan-Feb 2009
A number of U.S. institutions of higher education are considering multiyear extensions of the widely accepted seven-year maximum probationary period for all tenure-track faculty. Such a substantial extension is to be distinguished from, and exists in addition to, the ad hoc short-term extensions that many institutions may now grant to individual probationary faculty on a case-by-case basis (for example, in response to requests for maternity or parental leave, or to care for a sick relative). Multiyear extensions for all tenure candidates would represent a major change in longstanding academic practice and are, the author believes, seriously misguided. Proposals for multiyear extensions of the maximum probationary period provide faculty with a convenient opportunity to reexamine the rationale for limiting that period to no more than seven years--a limit that has remained the most widely accepted national standard, irrespective of academic institution and academic discipline, since it was initially adopted by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Association of American Colleges (now the Association of American Colleges and Universities) in the widely accepted joint "1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure." In this article, the author discusses the good reasons for a seven-year maximum probationary period.
Descriptors: Tenure, Academic Freedom, Colleges, Standards, Academic Probation, Intellectual Disciplines, College Faculty, Teacher Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
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