thought on tenure, faculty
two letters on tenure in the December/00 issue inspire two responses:
purpose of tenure is not only to protect professors from arbitrary
administrators but also to protect them from their colleagues.
Only those unfamiliar with academic politics and the internecine
warfare in departments could think that professors can very often
be trusted to deal "sensitively" with others who differ,
the old against the young, the adherents of one dogma against
the adherents of another.
letters use the word "faculty" to refer to individual
professors. The only proper use of the term is to refer to the
whole body of professors in a college or a department or school.
The fact that this is a lost cause should not deter the University
of Chicago from persisting in the proper use of the term. This
is one of the few means of preserving the sense of a single responsible
W. Dixon Jr., PhD'53