Debating the Value of Tenure


Tenure is under fire both economically and politically—as the percentage of faculty who are tenured or on tenure tracks declines and as state governments undermine the legal standing of the concept, as they have in Wisconsin.

So we all need to be better prepared to defend the concept, whether in professional or personal conversations or in writing, such as in op-eds for our student newspapers or for the broader media serving surrounding communities.

What follows is a list of resources on the value of tenure. I have tried to organize the list coherently, and it includes, near the end, some items that argue against the value of tenure. It is as important to know what we are arguing against as what we are arguing for.

Lastly, at the very end, I have included links to two other bibliographies on the topic.

“Some Implications of Tenure for the Profession and Society”:

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