Discussing critiques of the tenure system: Opinion

September 27, 2021
Academic tenure is receiving a variety of complaints at the moment, writes Steven Mintz, with criticisms coming from both the left and the right. The author discusses a variety of perspectives on tenure, including arguments that it has created a “caste system” and that it emphasizes publications over service and other kinds of work. Mintz argues that serious discussions of tenure should focus on ensuring that diverse candidates have an equal chance to gain tenure, and that an institution has appropriate standards and expectations. The author also argues that accountability should be strengthened, and that those who are not tenured faculty should be able to access job security, rights to due process, and professional development and advancement opportunities. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)