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Faculty Institutional Decision-Making Power Drops, Yet Departmental Power Rises
In recent decades, faculty influence increased over departmental and programmatic choices, yet their authority dropped in institutional-level matters like the overall budget. This mixed finding comes from the 2021 Shared Governance Survey by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), its first national snapshot on faculty authority in two decades.
July 29, 2021
Faculty & Staff
A Precarious, Unequal Tipping Point for Faculty
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened higher education’s already-dire economic crisis. Moreover, “shared governance and academic freedom” face an “existential threat,” according to a new report released by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
July 19, 2021
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ta-Nehisi Coates Head to Howard U
Nikole Hannah-Jones is taking her talents to Howard University — and she’s taking Howard alumnus Ta-Nehisi Coates with her. The news comes after Hannah-Jones recently turned down a much-delayed and controversial tenure offer at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina, following an initial denial of tenure in January because of her work on the 1619 project.
July 6, 2021
Nikole Hannah-Jones Tells UNC She Won’t Teach Without Tenure
Lawyers for Nikole Hannah-Jones sent a letter to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill informing university officials that the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist won’t join the faculty unless she is given tenure. The letter indicated that a particularly “powerful donor” was able to sway the board of trustees to do nothing with her request […]
June 23, 2021
Roughly 20 Black Faculty, Staff Say They Feel Undervalued at UNC-Chapel Hill
About 20 Black faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill say they feel undervalued and are considering leaving, particularly after the school denied immediate tenure to journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, reports The News & Observer. About 30 members of the Carolina Black Caucus — made up of about 250 faculty, staff graduate students […]
June 18, 2021
University of Kansas Chooses Not to Implement Dismissal Policy
University of Kansas will not use a criticized policy that would have made it easier to suspend tenure protections, according to the Associated Press. Chancellor Douglas Girod told the Kansas Board of Regents he was confident the school will not have to suspend tenure in response to financial concerns. Last week, he said that the […]
June 18, 2021
Lawsuit is Likely if Nikole Hannah-Jones is Not Offered Tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill officials are talking with journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’s legal team, after threat of a federal discrimination lawsuit amid the university’s decision to refuse to offer her tenure with her hiring, The News & Observer reported. University officials responded last Friday to a letter from the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational […]
June 8, 2021
Black Chemist Declines UNC Faculty Position, Citing Controversial Nikole Hannah-Jones Tenure Case
Dr. Lisa Jones, a prominent Black chemist, has turned down an offer to join the faculty at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill citing a decision by UNC trustees not to offer tenure to Pulitzer Prize journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, The News & Observer reported. And some faculty worry the loss of Jones – who […]
June 4, 2021
UNC Tenure Request for “1619 Project” Author Nikole Hannah-Jones Resubmitted
UNC Trustees said the request to grant tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones has been resubmitted by the faculty committee that considers tenure. The resubmission comes amid criticism of the trustees’ refusal to grant Hannah-Jones tenure in UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media. “Intentionally or not,” the chancellor’s Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward co-chairs […]
May 28, 2021
Faculty & Staff
Wesley College Faculty Sue School, Claims Delaware State University Acquisition Breaches Tenured Faculty Contracts
A group of Wesley College faculty are suing the school and trying to stop its transfer to Delaware State University (DSU), claiming that the acquisition breaches tenured faculty contracts, Delaware Online reported. 14 faculty are plaintiffs in the suit filed last Tuesday, but they are proposing the court consider it a class-action suit representing Wesley’s […]
May 28, 2021
Nikole Hannah-Jones No Longer Has Immediate Tenure at UNC. What Happened?
After graduating from the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Hussman School of Journalism and Media in 2003, Nikole Hannah-Jones could not have possibly known that her alma mater would one day ask her to return as a faculty member. She also could not have known the controversy that appointment would bring.
May 20, 2021
After Fighting to Gain Tenure, Dr. Paul Harris Leaves UVA on His Own Terms
Dr. Paul Harris—a Black scholar whose tenure denial at the University of Virginia (UVA) was reversed following a groundswell of support from across the nation—has accepted a teaching position at Penn State University.
May 11, 2021
Imposter Syndrome: A Buzzword with Damaging Consequences
Like many racially minoritized faculty who engage in work for equity and social justice, we are no strangers to the daily manifestations of systems of oppression and oppressive behavior in academia. Recently during one of our conversations, the topic of imposter syndrome surfaced as we both processed some of our experiences.
April 21, 2021
Engaging Academia on My Own Terms
I associated my belonging and success in academia with persisting and succeeding in the “traditional pathway” of doctoral students. While no one specifically told me, “you need to get a tenure-track position at a research institution,” I was socialized to believe that was the only goal I should aspire to.
April 14, 2021
Variances in Tenure Process Raise Gender Equity Concerns Exacerbated by COVID-19
Faculty across the country have expressed concerns about the equity considerations they feel are being missed in current conversations about what tenure should look like in the pandemic.
March 1, 2021
Doctoral Students Release Letter Denouncing Harvard’s Decision to Deny Dr. Cornel West Tenure
Earlier this week, Dr. Cornel West, professor and activist, threatened to leave Harvard University after his request to be considered for tenure was denied. Mafaz Al-Suwaidan and over 60 other doctoral students have released a letter challenging Harvard’s decision and standing in solidarity with West.
February 23, 2021
After Harvard Refuses to Take Up His Tenure Case, Dr. Cornel West Threatens to Leave
Dr. Cornel West—arguably one of the nation’s most prominent Black intellectuals—is contemplating leaving Harvard for the second time, after the university has refused to grant him tenure. West, who had been a tenured full professor at Harvard left in 2002 amid a public spat with Dr. Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard. He returned to […]
February 21, 2021
Policy Makes it Easier to Dismiss Employees, Even Tenured Ones
A Kansas Board of Regents subcommittee has endorsed a policy making it easier for state universities to dismiss employees, including tenured ones, The Kansas City Star reported.
January 25, 2021
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