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The Questions of Tenure Hardcover – March 31, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0674007710 ISBN-10: 0674007719 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (March 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674007719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674007710
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,948,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most books about academic tenure are based on anecdotal or subjective information, but this one attempts to analyze this contentious topic using empirical research. Chait (higher education, Harvard; Beyond Traditional Tenure) and several colleagues collected faculty employment policy statements from over 200 colleges and universities and then surveyed and interviewed many professors and administrators on a variety of topics related to tenure. This provided the data for the 11 chapters, which range from an overview of current policies to a study of trends in academic employment in foreign countries. Particularly interesting are the discussions about tenure as a hiring incentive and whether faculty might ever voluntarily relinquish tenure, plus the comparison of four U.S. colleges where faculty can earn tenure with four where tenure is not an option. Many tables, figures, and bibliographical references supplement the clearly written text, and a closing chapter on how data can be used to augment decision making cautions that at times tenure's emotional aspects defy numerical evidence. Highly recommended for academic libraries. Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Most books about academic tenure are based on anecdotal or subjective information, but this one attempts to analyze this contentious topic using empirical research. Chait...and several colleagues collected faculty employment policy statements from over 200 colleges and universities and then surveyed and interviewed many professors and administrators on a variety of topics related to tenure. This provided the data for the 11 chapters, which range from an overview of current policies to a study of trends in academic employment in foreign countries. (Will Hepfer Library Journal 2002-02-15)

[A] thoughtfully constructed book that brings light to several aspects of tenure and related issues, where, until now, there has been mostly a good bit of heat and smoke. (Stephen Vicchio Baltimore Sun 2002-03-24)

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Newton Ooi on June 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a doctoral student who plans to seek a job as a professor when I graduate. As such I picked up this book to learn more about my intended career. It is well written, easy to read, highly informative and very balanced. It addresses the variations in tenure across the US and the world, its history, pros and cons, uses, and possible changes to it. Tenure is one of those political hot potatoes that always remains under the media's radar, even though educational institutions across America and their funding sources are wrestling with it. I recommend this book to anyone who intends to pursue a career in higher education or academia.
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