Blog author: ken.larson
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

There were several comments and comments on comments following my recent “Comfy Faculty Lounges” contribution. In the Wall Street Journal, the author of the book I was reviewing makes her own case regarding tenure and teaching versus research.

“At a recent conference where I spoke on collective bargaining in higher education, one professor questioned (and others in the room also fussed about) my right to speak on the subject without—she was incredulous—a Ph.D.! I might ask why a degree in medieval literature or molecular biology would qualify one to discuss the growing unionization movement on college campuses.”

Naomi Riley’s full article “Academia’s Crisis of Irrelevance” is here. And the beat goes on.

  • Apparently my previous comment was lost or something.  (I can’t say I’m thrilled by the moderating on this site.) 

    Since I’m not a WSJ subscriber I can’t read the linked article, so I’ll just ask.  When Riley refers to the growing “unionization movement on college campuses,” is she referring to tenure?  If so, she would appear to be contradicting her own research which shows that the number of tenured faculty has been steadily declining.