|Everyone who thinks|
they have tenure
please step forward.
Wait, not you.
The proposal would add a new "post-tenure review" process in which tenured faculty would essentially reapply for tenure every six years. It's something that critics say defeats the purpose of awarding tenure in the first place. Tenure generally shields a faculty member from job loss, except in cases of misconduct or financial emergency.
"This is exactly the opposite of what tenure is," said Robert Kreiser, senior program officer with the American Association of University Professors. "It effectively eviscerates the university's existing tenure system."
Kreiser said the AAUP isn't opposed to tenure review, as long as the burden of removing tenure remains with administrators. But according to his reading of SLU's proposal, the burden is shifted to the employee to demonstrate they are worthy of continued tenure.
The move comes as a surprise to Kreiser, who has been with the AAUP for three decades. While the organization has had some complaints from time to time with SLU, the school has long been one of the examples he offers to others looking for strong faculty policies.
"It's truly astonishing," he said. "It's hard to imagine the university will be able to recruit high-quality faculty in the future."