Tenure: It isn’t for families

24 Feb

Ahh, the joys of tenure reform. Some of the latest suggestions:

  • Giving young professors up to 10 years – instead of 6 – to earn tenure.
  • Allowing faculty members to work part time for up to five years at a time.
  • Granting multiyear leaves to professors for personal and professional reasons.
  • Creating postdoctoral jobs to help people who have stepped out of academe after earning their Ph.D.'s, perhaps to raise a family, to re-enter their careers in higher education.

While I applaud the effort to make academia less hostile to having a family life, isn't it about time we just gave up? Maybe having a defeatist attitude for a few years will improve the chances of actually getting some meaningful reform.

Currently playing in iTunes: The Road to Mandalay by Robbie Williams

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