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The Questions of Tenure


reviewed by Ann E Austin — 2006

coverTitle: The Questions of Tenure
Author(s): Richard P. Chait, editor
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674007719, Pages: 334, Year: 2002
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Tenure in universities and colleges is one of the “lightning rod issues” of the past decade, a topic about which faculty members, administrators, legislatures, and members of the public often have diverse but passionately held views. In this thoughtfully edited book, Richard Chait, along with the volume’s chapter authors, enter the national discussion with an approach and tone that serves to enlighten rather than inflame debates about tenure. Chait explains in the Inroduction: Our goal was to write a book that would inform discussions of faculty work life through research-based, data-driven answers to important, practical, and frequently posed questions about tenure policy and practice (pp. 1-2). Rather than addressing tenure as “a matter of political doctrine or moral principle” (p. 1), the book instead frames and systematically addresses some of the compelling questions that deserve consideration by those who want to contribute to the discussions or who need to make decisions pertaining... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 44-46
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12108, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 11:14:33 AM

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  • Ann Austin
    Michigan State University
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    ANN E. AUSTIN is a Professor at Michigan State University, holding the Dr. Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE). Her research concerns faculty careers and professional development, teaching and learning in higher education, and organizational change and transformation in higher education. She was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa (1998), the 2001-2002 President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and is currently Co-P.I. of a National Science Foundation Center concerning preparing future faculty in STEM fields. Her research also has been funded by the Lilly Endowment, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Spencer Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She has recently published Paths to the Professoriate: Strategies for Enriching the Preparation of Future Faculty (co-edited with D. H. Wulff, Jossey-Bass, 2004). In 1998, she was named one of the forty “Young Leaders of the American academy” by Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.
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