Monday, November 21, 2016

The Three-Legged Stool: Academic Freedom, Shared Governance, and Tenure

This chapter outlines the relationship between academic freedom and shared governance. It situates academic freedom as one leg of a three-legged stool, with the other being shared governance and tenure. It shows how the relationship between the three components that sustain the faculty's role is under threat from numerous forces: (1) the managerial model that now dominates the corporate university; (2) the massive reliance on contingent faculty which leads to no structural role in shared governance; (3) the loss of faculty vigilance over and understanding of the relationship between shared governance and academic freedom; (4) the renewed culture wars waged by the Right to deprive faculty of both academic freedom and the key elements of shared governance; (5) the rampant laissez-faire commercialism; and (6) financial crises which leads to furloughs, salary cuts, or program eliminations.

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