Post-Tenure Faculty Development: Building a System for Faculty Improvement and Appreciation

Journal by Alstete, Jeffrey. 1-114 Pages

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This digest suggests post-tenure faculty development programs as a way to address pressures on the tenure system and calls for the elimination of tenure in higher education. The paper notes that tenure policies are being impacted by internal factors such as the uncapping of the mandatory retirement age and the aging of faculty, as well as by external forces such as increased use of information technology, globalization of the curriculum, a more diverse student population, and negative public perceptions about the tenure system. The paper examines current practices of faculty development, takes note of post-tenure faculty development programs currently used by several institutions, and suggests several strategies for building improved post-tenure faculty development programs.