In a report, the Association of American University Professors says that teaching-intensive or teaching-only professors should be able to secure tenure. "Faculty serving on a contingent basis generally work at significantly lower wages, often without health coverage and other benefits," the report says, also noting that "this means that the majority of faculty work in subprofessional conditions, often without basic protections for academic freedom." According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Santa Clara University's Marc Bousquet, who co-chaired the committee that wrote the report, says that "in 1970, most undergraduates took nearly all of their class from tenure-eligible faculty, most with terminal degrees in their fields. This fall, however, at many institutions, a first-year student is more likely to drop out than ever to meet a tenure-track professor."
Tenure for All
Sep 07, 2010