Showing posts with label Tenure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tenure. Show all posts

Monday, June 21, 2021

UNC Journalism School Tried To Give Nikole Hannah-Jones Tenure. A Top Donor Objected

 On paper, The New York Times's Nikole Hannah-Jones is a dream hire for the journalism school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She won a MacArthur "genius grant" for her reporting on the persistence of segregation in American life. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her essay accompanying "The 1619 Project," a New York Times Magazine initiative she conceived on the legacy of slavery in the U.S. And Hannah-Jones earned a master's degree from the school itself, in 2003.

Yet the UNC-Chapel Hill board of trustees declined to act upon her proposed appointment. That tenure proposal ran aground on race, politics, and, perhaps surprisingly, on a clash between diverging views of journalism.

The opposing view has been embodied by Walter Hussman, the 1968 UNC journalism graduate whose name has graced the school since he made a $25 million pledge. Longtime publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Hussman has shared his opposition to Hannah-Jones' appointment with the journalism school dean, several university administrators, and, reportedly, two members of the UNC-Chapel Hill board of trustees.


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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