Tenure for Socrates: A Study in the Betrayal of the American Professor


In this provocative criticism of the contemporary American professoriate, Huer argues that tenure has created a kind of academic stupor in which those who have it no longer live up to the ideals of their profession. In Huer's view, the typical tenured career often degenerates into intellectual boredom, the routine publication of a series of narrowly specialized research papers, a pervasive dissatisfaction, and a search for monetary and other rewards outside the university. Huer proposes that the time has come to reexamine the issues surrounding tenure in an attempt to reinvigorate the professoriate and reestablish a fruitful connection between academic and nonacademic society.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1991


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