<Pine.A41.3.95b.961221143630.29674A-100000 at dante15.u.washington.edu>,
Sarah Boomer <sarai at u.washington.edu> wrote:
> Anyway - I'd like to see a little discussion of this issue because
> I am, frankly, of the opinion that tenure isn't really promoting the
> appropriate people and seems to create a lot of deadwood in the system. I
> would personally like to see it dismantled for those reasons. Perhaps I
> am too naive or I don't really understand what the effect it could have on
> people like on the many scientists who are in lower ranking positions?
Acutally, Sarah and others---i have always been told that the whole idea
of tenure was that it was a way for professors doing politclaly unpopular
work to be guaranteed the opportunity to continue to do that (good?)
work. But I cannot for the life of me think of examples in which a
professor's job was 1. either in serious jeopardy because of a poltical
movement--at least not in science----or 2. saved by the tenure system when
poltics really did get ugly on a more local level.
So how long ago was tenure designed? Until how recently was it necessary
to protect people? How is it defended in debate now?
Also just wondering.....