How and Why Faculty Tenure Strengthens Carolina
Recording: April 27, 2022
If you missed our “How and Why Tenure Strengthens Carolina” webinar on April 27, 2022, you missed a great discussion. Like business career paths, tenure is a 10-to-15-year highly competitive process designed to prepare talented and committed scholars for coveted leadership positions. Tenure plays a critical role in preserving academic freedom and protecting free speech. Webinar moderator and UNC Faculty Chair Dr. Mimi Chapman shared examples of how tenure has been threatened around the country. Several audacious actions are underway around the country to proactively eliminate tenure; replace tenured professors with those without tenure’s protection; or simply reduce the number of tenure- track professors. If these efforts are successful, there would be a serious erosion of both academic freedom and free speech rights. Additionally, such a move could be yet another dangerous step in governance overreach. Dr. Lloyd Kramer shared an ominous historical fact during the webinar: “One of the most common characteristics of authoritarian societies is that when teachers or faculty go against some reigning ideological or political position, they are dismissed. They are removed.” Tenure prevents such acts of retaliation and retribution. Check out the webinar recording for more…
How University Governance Impacts UNC
Recording: February 2, 2022
On February 2, 2022 UNC-CH Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser moderated a panel discussion on university governance. Topics included shared governance, university governance practices, current governance challenges, governance board overreach, and how accreditation issues are impacted by governing decisions. Featured speakers were: – Paul Fulton – Former dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School and former member of BOG and BOT – Dr. Holden Thorp – Editor-in-Chief at Science Family of Journals, former UNC Chancellor – Dr. Belle Wheelan – President of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC oversees accreditation for over 800 southern colleges and universities.