James Bruce, junior faculty member at John Brown University argues that striving for tenure may make faculty more likely to conform. He believes that since the tenure system has colleagues input that a group think model will arise from the newer faculty trying to attain tenure.
Bruce continues to argue that tenure will just make a professor lazier once they attain it, since they have a steady paycheck no matter what they do.
“Because it is so costly to have an additional full-time teacher, universities make do with many part-time ones. Tenure fosters an academic underclass of wandering postdocs, VAPs (visiting assistant professors), graduate students, and adjuncts—a trend that should greatly trouble tenure’s defenders. It’s one thing to say that a hardworking professor receives tenure for his academic accomplishments; it’s another thing to say that a host of adjuncts have to work for a pittance to pay for it.”
What are your thoughts on tenure at universities?
To see his whole post go to: http://www.popecenter.org/commentaries/article.html?id=2875