Daily Archives: March 18, 2011

Race and Tenure: Perspective

“The Case Against Cultural Standardization in Tenure Decisions

But, if this is the case are these committees suggesting that Blacks on tenure track were hired as quality scholars and then after years of teaching, researching and providing service magically become mediocre?

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USC

Professor Denied Tenure Despite Decade of Service

She has received a multitude of awards from the university, including the highly regarded USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in 2007.

In addition, the professor is on the editorial board of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.

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Pennsylvania

Discrimination Case Against Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Proceeds

Ke said he had positive performance evaluations from 2001 through 2004. He said other candidates who had not published scholarly papers were granted tenure, yet that was cited as a reason for denying him tenure.

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Alabama

“Former USA Professor Alleges Racial Discrimination in Lawsuit Against School”

Hossain’s lawsuit states that the termination letter came two months after he was nominated as a candidate for the College Of Engineering’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Chapman

“Employment Commission Sues Chapman U., Alleging Race Discrimination in Tenure Case”

The professor, Stephanie Dellande, was passed over even as less-qualified non-black employees were promoted in the same department, the complaint in the federal lawsuit alleges. At the time Ms. Dellande applied for tenure in 2006, she was the only black faculty member in a department of about 30 people, the complaint says.

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Tennessee

Prof Appeals Decision Denying Him Tenure

On November 15, 2005, the faculty committee of the Department of History voted 11–3 in favor of granting White his tenure and promotion.

In February, 2006, White’s application was reviewed by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Promotion and Tenure Committee. In an unusual move, Jeff Norrell, a history professor holding the Bernadotte Schmitt Chair of Excellence, wrote a letter to the committee members explaining why he, as a member of the faculty committee, voted against granting White tenure and promotion.

Norrell appeared to question the quality of White’s publisher and even went as far to claim that White’s teaching ability was not as strong as indicated by peer reviews and student evaluations.

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Michigan

“Protests Heat Up at Michigan Over Tenure Case of Expert in Native American Studies”

Ms. Smith is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in Michigan’s American-culture program and women’s-studies department. The two programs split on her tenure bid, with American culture voting yes and women’s studies voting no. Then, last week, a panel in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts sided with women’s studies and voted to reject Ms. Smith’s bid.

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DePaul

“DePaul Hit for Denying Tenure to Minority Profs”

Namita Goswami, a philosophy professor, and Quinetta Shelby, a chemistry professor, were two minority candidates denied tenure this year. Four other minority professors were also denied, although one’s denial was reversed.

Every white professor up for tenure at the same time received the lifetime job guarantee, said Matthew Abraham, a professor in the Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse Department.

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Dartmouth

Faculty Diversity Fails to Match Student Stats

The homogeneity of New Hampshire and Vermont may discourage minority professors from accepting positions at the College, said Bruce Duthu ’80, chair of the Native American studies department.

“When I talk to possible Native American [faculty] recruits and I talk about moving to Hanover, I get this look of ‘Are you kidding me?’” Duthu explained. “Though people may be drawn to working at an Ivy [League school] in a top program, they don’t think the quality of life will suit them.”

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