iOS app Android app

Tenure

Weighing Pros And Cons Of Teacher Seniority Lists

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Seniority permits security, but doesn't provide incentive, and we cannot allow that which is broken to remain sacrosanct when it serves one purpose well but fails in serving others.

Workers' Rights And The Public Good

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Collective bargaining is a vehicle to improve services -- whether in education or other areas -- and it would hurt both workers and those they serve if that important right was lost.

An Uneasy Thanksgiving: Klein, Tenure & The Nation's Report Card

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

On Sunday, the New York Times' Tom Friedman wrote a column telling the world that, if he were starting out in journalism today, he would be an education reporter. He's right. It's a happening beat.

Going Gaga

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

The tenure system is founded in academic freedom, allowing instructors to teach subjects without constraint. This begs the question, is Lady Gaga an appropriate topic for a college course?

Why Academic Tenure is Essential for Great Universities

Jonathan R. Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jonathan R. Cole

If there is one feature of the academic community that virtually all critics rail against it is the existence of tenure. Thus, Professor Mark C. Tayl...

Academic Freedom: Not Just for College Professors

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

Teachers should have intellectual freedom because such freedom enhances the quality of education and research, thus serving the common good.

Let's Fire Miss Crabtree

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

I've never seen anyone at all say, we want more bad teachers, or that bad teachers need to be retained indefinitely.

Waiting for Superman? How Does an "Ordinary" Teacher Become Extraordinary?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Susan Stiffelman

If we can identify what drives exceptional effort in the teaching profession and replicate that we'll accelerate the change that's so urgently needed in the education system.

Education Reform: Are the Teachers Really to Blame?

Dyane Jean François | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dyane Jean François

Whether or not you agree with the position the personalities featured in "Waiting For Superman" take is one thing. The more important thing is the fact that this movie has inspired many people to join the debate over education reform.

Tenure is for Wimps: An Untenured Professor (re)Contemplates Life

Jason Schmitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jason Schmitt

I love having the ability to interact with my region -- but I can't do it for much longer. It is not physically possible to do what I do (to get a real livable salary) without a tenure track job.

Be Careful, Evaluations Happen at the Oddest Times

Michael N. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michael N. Smith

Having my daughter in her mother's class struck me as odd from the very beginning...It's like getting a Broadway review after EVERY show.

Michelle Rhee Resigns: What's Next for D.C. Schools?

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

The next Mayor has pledged to review the dismissals of any teachers let go because of the economy, but it's unlikely that he will attempt to rehire those teachers Ms. Rhee dismissed for cause.

Do Teacher Unions Have the Cooties?

Julie Cavanagh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Cavanagh

Let's stop playing schoolyard games with teachers and their unions and get real. Teachers and their unions do not have "the coodies," we simply have and want to keep what all workers in this country should have.

What Can't be Said Today

Bob Bowdon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

In education these days, it's only politically acceptable to discuss how much is spent, not how well it's spent.

Why Oracle's CEO Should Be Fired and Its Board Sued by Shareholders

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

Compensation of CEOs is generally deemed outrageous. But what is now at stake, is that, while the amounts themselves are outrageous, their correlation to performance is questionable, too.

Saving Universities Through the Unionization of the Untenurable

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Bob Samuels

To protect undergraduate education and increase the economic viability of our institutions, nontenurable faculty have to unionize, and unions should pour their money into organizing this growth market.

Waiting for "Waiting for Superman" (VIDEO)

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jack Hidary

A new film -- Waiting for Superman -- will send shockwaves through the political debate on education and will force the issue for the November elections.

Will Tenure Survive? On Cary Nelson's No University Is an Island

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bob Samuels

Whether it is through granting tenure to instructors or providing secure long-term contracts to teachers, it is clear that American higher education can only be saved if universities and colleges make instruction a central priority.

Female Profs Less Satisfied In Jobs Than Males: Study

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

According to a new study (.pdf) done by Harvard's Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, male and female professors remain on an unlev...

RIP Tenure?

Huffington Post | Ariel Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

For those looking to hold down a steady job as a professor, the U.S. Department of Education wants you to know that it just got a bit harder. Accordi...

Who Should Evaluate Teachers? Teachers Should

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

The Los Angeles Unified School District and its unions are considering bringing a robust version of peer review to Los Angeles. They should -- it's a good idea.

Interview With a Philosopher: Only One Person/Over Sixty Jobs.

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Tom Morris visits with hard working philosopher, Shannon Eric Kincaid, Ph.D., author of a recently finished book, Jobs I've Had. Tom: Hi Shannon. At...

Northeastern Illinois Grants Tenure To Professor Who Got His Ph.D. From A 'Diploma Mill'

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A professor granted tenure by Northeastern Illinois University got his doctorate from a school the federal government later labeled a "diploma mill," ...

Amy Bishop's Science -- Scientific Studies by the Professor Accused in the Huntsville Faculty Murders

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Douglas Fields

After hearing about the horrific murders during a faculty meeting in Huntsville, Alabama, on February 12, it's only natural to wonder about the person suspected of causing such a tragedy.

Amy Bishop's Alleged Attack: Angry Professor Shot Colleagues Methodically, Says Survivor

AP | JAY REEVES and GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — When a young woman in Massachusetts killed her brother with a shotgun blast in 1986, authorities waited more than a week to q...