academic life as tenure and collegial governance. *Direct all correspondence to: James E. Perley, Department of Biology, Mateer Hall, College of Wooster. During my four years of service as President of the AAUP, higher education has been under increasing critical scrutiny and these examinations of the academy. View the profiles of professionals named James Perley on LinkedIn. There are 16 professionals named James Perley, who use LinkedIn to exchange.

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But that’s not to say research isn’t important to me. The summary of the controversy is unremarkable. The strategic planning processes that have become so common at many universities typically bypass the academic senate in the selection of faculty representatives.

The Key To Academic Bliss Can Be Found In Large Or Small Departments

These are incidental matters that are covered by other AAUP policies. In many cases these procedures would, if adopted, allow for the firing of faculty members without peer review and without access to those due process protections required by the AAUP which had become an essential feature of practice protecting the profession. Some also regularly augment their professorial salaries with substantial fees for speeches to groups yearning to hear about how corrupt those awful professors are, sitting around teaching only a few hours each week and spending their ample leisure time criticizing everything sacred.

Now, prrley you just had a department of 10 [faculty members], it would be impossible to get that money. I have had to broaden my interests.

The post-tenure review policy under discussion is a long overdue attempt to do just that. What the critic of the Report regards as “longwindedness” is what gives the report its credibility and persuasiveness.

James Perley, Former AAUP President, Dies at 77

On the other hand, large departments may sometimes sacrifice one-on-one faculty interaction. Some administrators even inflame these sentiments.


There are some authors, like Roger Kimball, or Dinish D’Sousa, who attack the academy as a hotbed of “tenured radicals,” infecting new generations of students with the failed ideas of marxian revolution in America of the halcyon days of s protest. The criticisms offered to readers of the Conference Newsletter are quite contradictory: The last edition of the Michigan Conference Newsletter published one point of view on post-tenure review and AAUP’s position on this complex and critically important subject.

The core premise of tenuer review is that there is a substantial enough minority of faculty members who are so incompetent that they need to be dismissed. That committee produced the compromise report to be published in Academe.

Overall, there is, again, not enough recognition of the politics that we face.

The Debate over Post-Tenure Review

Working together, a group of researchers in a given specialty can obtain large grants for their department. George Smith says a department with many faculty promotes “cross-fertilization.

It’s one thing to sit in a lecture with dozens of colleagues. For example, the report states that the post-tenure review program should, “at the least, involve faculty members in their design and implementation. No copies of the policy were distributed at the time of the announcement. Cohen, Scientometrics3: When told that every institution has at perldy disposal the legal means to dismiss incompetent faculty members, and that the AAUP standards for tenure recognize perly, administrators often respond that it’s too hard to make a case or it leads to too many lawsuits.

They can tell the critics that they are doing something about the situation about which they are concerned and can push off the major responsibility onto the faculty to conduct these new reviews. AAUP practice always calls for accuracy of information and fair debate when alternate views exist, and the membership should have a range of opinion available to them so they may make reasoned judgments on issues of vital importance to the Association and the profession.


The report is the product of somewhat intricate national AAUP politics.

Of course, the reality is that there is no guarantee that those we throw over the side won’t attract a lot more sharks who may tip over our shallow lifeboat to get at the rest of us. If we were to remain silent, the AAUP would not only be negligent in its duty to its members, but it would lay itself open to charges of unresponsiveness, self-interest, and unwillingness to demonstrate the commitment we profess to faculty oversight of faculty work. It is precisely this balanced treatment of challenging issues that has historically given AAUP statements their force within the academy — and this Report indeed, shortly after its release, persuaded administrators in Alaska to back away from a wrongheaded proposal on post-tenure review.

James Perley has found that a small department enables a researcher to be “your own person. Only universities are divided that way.

It is not by any stretch of the imagination “a compromise report” of two radically opposed factions as claimed. The faculty review is almost always couched in terms of remedial action, wanting to help the faculty member improve performance.

They argue that all across the country that legislatures are demanding greater accountability from our institutions of higher education and that tenure is an impediment to an appropriate response to that attack.

In this view, the Woodstock generation grew up or perhaps didn’t to become today’s faculty members and are corrupting our youth. Wooster is a small place.