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Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Law of Tenure

I have enjoyed Dan Rodriguez's posts, and got to thinking this morning about his comments below regarding faculty workload, and Orin Kerr's comments and questions about what a dean can and cannot control about teaching and other expectations. 

Having spent the better part of a career in the corporate world, I'm something of a skeptic when it comes to the efficacy of written power - namely, articulated principles, policies, and rules - in making sure that an organization operates effectively.  As to social or economic power, one of the things corporate leaders learn fairly quickly is that, notwithstanding the hierarchy, everybody is pretty much a volunteer, and you can't use "my way or the highway" very often, for all sorts of reasons.  

When organizations work well, what either substitutes for or fills in the gaps left by the formal "law" of the organization and "command-and-control"?  Leadership, followership, culture, responsibility, empathy, sharing, openness, willingness to learn, and humility  are all words and phrases that come to mind.  As is the occasional benign inclination not to claim the full measure of one's formal entitlements. I say that as a relatively hard-assed veteran of the business world.

So, without further editorial comment, and as a public service, I am attaching four documents that commonly encompass the formal written law of faculty membership, at least in those institutions that incorporate them into formal contracts, the governing rules of the institutions, or the faculty handbook (per this paper, "the 'Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure' is the AAUP policy most widely incorporated into faculty handbooks across the country."  Nevertheless, my quick visit to the websites of my alma maters, Michigan and Stanford, demonstrate that incorporation of the AAUP policies by reference is not universal.)

AAUP 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure

AAUP 1958 Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings

AAUP Recommended Institutional Rules

AAUP Statement on Procedural Standards in the Renewal or Nonrenewal of Faculty Appointments

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw on December 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

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