February 6, 2005

Tenure Decisions: Are They Ever Unbiased?

I've been reading about a case where a member of a tenure committee  had a conflict of interest with the candidate being considered for tenure.  It brings up the idea that when you are first hired as an assistant professor, you never know who will be on your tenure committee.  So brush up on your interpersonal skills, use diplomacy whenver possible, and keep asking yourself this question:  "Would I be ok if this person were on my tenure committee?

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