Wooster is a small place. Perley, however, had studied and worked in big schools, including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. In a small department, would he feel content-or claustrophobic? Content, as it turns out. Nearly 20 years later, Perley is still at Wooster, in a department with seven other faculty members.

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During my four years of service as President of the AAUP, higher education has been under increasing critical scrutiny and these examinations of the academy. View the profiles of professionals named James Perley on LinkedIn. There are 16 professionals named James Perley, who use LinkedIn to exchange. The people that most determine your career success are going to be those who [review] your grants, decide if your papers get published, et cetera.

Another Perspective on Post-Tenure Review. Following the adoption by Committee A, Council endorsed the statement at its meeting the following week. In response to these developments and because the AAUP was virtually silent on the questions raised by these developments, I asked a Task Force to study the increasingly hostile environment for tenure and to examine the phenomenon of post tenure review. Schlegelwho heads a member department of biochemistry and molecular biology at Pennsylvania State University.

The issue of accountability in higher education has been a regular source of comment, debate and even angry invective. Government Printing Office, Stephenson did his graduate work at the University of Chicago in a department with 25 faculty members; his current department has just six tenure-track researchers. AREA tenue designed to perleey smaller studies that might normally lose out to proposals from prolific faculty at large research institutions.

To help to begin the discussion, I offer a few observations on the report. In a small department, would he feel content-or claustrophobic? For those faculty who do not enjoy the protections of a collective bargaining contract, who knows what they may face. Perley, however, had studied and worked in big schools, including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

AAUP practice always calls for accuracy of information and fair debate when alternate views exist, and the membership should have a range of opinion available to them so they may make reasoned judgments on issues of vital importance to the Association and the profession. Paul Gross notes that specialization in science today makes department size irrelevant. They will all be happy to hear from you. Brown is a freelance science writer based in Columbia, Mo.

Faculty involvement could well be through a committee selected by the administration to judge faculty members, employing procedures dictated by administrators.

If we were to remain silent, the AAUP would not only be negligent in its duty to its members, but it would lay itself open to charges of unresponsiveness, self-interest, and unwillingness to demonstrate the commitment we profess to faculty oversight of faculty work. Working together, a group of researchers in a given specialty can obtain large grants for their department. Perley says he enjoys the challenge. Some researchers predict that increasing interdisciplinary focus and new technology will make departmental size issues moot.

Johnston, Higher Education The summary of tbe various points of view in the discussion is broadly accurate, but not very helpful when it comes to understanding the political context that must be taken into account when responding to specific proposals for post-tenure review.

Under these circumstances, juggling research and teaching can be stressful-particularly for professors in small state schools that may have limited resources, notes Terrence Russellexecutive director of the Association for Institutional Re- search, a Tallahassee, Fla. The report is the product of somewhat intricate national AAUP politics. Smaller schools-particularly those that enroll undergraduates only-have traditionally emphasized teaching over research. Thus, many who are steady research producers and good teachers well might be candidates for post-tenure review.

However, several studies refute that assumption, suggesting small research groups can be as constructive as larger ones R. Martin Trow stresses the importance of departmental resources as opposed to size. In response, Committee A appointed a subcommittee of its own members to draft a report on the recommendations for presentation to the entire Committee.

The Council subsequently complied with the wishes of the business meeting. But judging resources solely by department size can be deceptive, cautions Martin Trowa professor, emeritus, of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. The procedures proposed usually involve an administrator identifying low performers and initiating the faculty review, which at this stage does not carry the onus of a tenure revocation procedure.

Jxmes I began my first term as President of the AAUP, teenure was becoming undeniably clear that powerful forces aimed at restructuring the academic world were at work. Since such a world does not exist, perly AAUP can either continue to remain silent on the phenomenon and therefore not be a part of the debates which are raging and threaten to significantly affect our lives, or we can do our best to help shape emerging developments around our principles.

As more and more higher education associations began to praise the virtues of post-tenure review and as calls for increased accountability began to be heard from those in the media and from the public at large, legislators across the country began to draft legislation that would impose the requirement for post tenure reviews — legislation developed unilaterally and employing procedures and standards new to the academic world.

Discuss it among yourselves and with your local officers. On the other hand, large departments may sometimes sacrifice one-on-one faculty interaction. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are as essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website.

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The Key To Academic Bliss Can Be Found In Large Or Small Departments

Please contact staff by email. Join Login. James E. He was seventy-seven years old. In , he accepted an appointment at the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he served more than three decades. Perley joined the AAUP in Upon retiring from the College of Wooster in , he was appointed dean of arts and sciences at Millikin University in Illinois.

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