Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Tenure and Tenure Review

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Tenure and Tenure Review

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I recently received what is Central Florida Community College's (CFCC) equivalent to tenure, a continuing contract. This gave me a sense of security, but the reality is that CFCC could choose not to "continue" my contract. The idea that the college and I are not on the same mission in the future would be one reason that the contract would not be renewed.

I had reached the public schools' equivalent of tenure when I applied for the job at the community college. This change was a very scary proposition for our family; I was leaving a secure job for one that offered no security for three years. When you reach tenure in the public schools, about the only way to lose your job is to commit a major felony. I encountered many teachers with twenty or more years of experience and tenure in the public school system whose mission was not the same as the school's. They no longer devoted any energy to developing or improving their scholarly competence. The school system unfortunately had no recourse. …

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