More on “Respecting the Meaning of Tenure”

in Tenure and Promotion
October 14th, 2010

Kathleen Fitzpatrick responds to Cathy Davidson’s “Respecting the Meaning of Tenure.”

The point of the tenure evaluation is supposed to be using a scholar’s past performance as a predictor of continuing performance — on some level, the existence of the first book is meant to stand in for all the future books that will follow. For too many scholars, though, the book requirement becomes a literal end in itself, a finish line that, once crossed, leaves the scholar without future direction or motivation.

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