Tenure has been said to give a free ride to the lazy and those whose careers have languished…. A number of legislatures around the country have supported a “post-tenure review” process, in which tenured individuals would be evaluated.
—from a position paper on the Faculty Page of the Auburn University website
My primary focus throughout this book has been on teaching for tenure. Certainly, a college or university faculty member is expected to continue teaching well after receiving tenure and becoming an associate professor. He or she can be penalized in several ways for not doing so. Annual salary increases for associate professors at many colleges and universities are based on merit, which includes teaching. And a requirement for promotion from associate to full professor at most colleges and universities is continuing to teach well.
Until recently, once a person was tenured, he or she almost always had it for life. Post-tenure review bills had been passed or were being considered by the legislatures in a number of states when this chapter was written. A post-tenure review could cause an associate or full professor to lose tenure (and possibly be fired) if he or she ceased teaching adequately or being productive as a scholar. Post-tenure review initiatives and their possible consequences are explored in this chapter along with some issues, challenges, and opportunities for teaching beyond tenure.