Moving Tenure


Writing under the pseudonym “Aurora Dagny,” a Canadian activist offers four pieces of advice for those working for any sort of cause:

  1. “Embrace humility…. Question yourself as fiercely as you question society.”
  2. “Treat people as individuals. For instance, don’t treat every person who belongs to an oppressed group as an authoritative mouthpiece of that group as a whole…. Don’t be afraid to have original insights.”
  3. “Be diplomatic…. When it comes to moral disagreements, disbelief, anger, and a sense of urgency are to be expected. They are inherent parts of moral disagreement.”
  4. “Take a systems approach to the political spectrum…. Think about specific, concrete proposals. Would they actually work?”

As I read this, I thought about Michael Bérubé’s recent essay on InsideHigherEd, modestly titled “New Model of Tenure.”  He tries to address two questions, “What is to be done about the vast legions of faculty off the tenure track? What is…

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