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PostTerm Contracts, Tenure-Track, and "Faculty Specialists" (Roy Domenico, USA, 05/21/19 10:05 am)
Regarding tenure--I've got a dog in this fight so I should say something:
The University of Scranton (my employer) still relies primarily on tenured faculty, although the administration has made some attempts to curtail it with positions we call "faculty specialists." These positions are sprinkled through the sciences and professional schools. We've never had one in the History Department.
John E's comments on "term contracts" I find disturbing. Who would accept a "term contract" over a tenure-track position? I certainly never would. In the long run, this cannot help academia. It sounds like the decision of non-academic administrators that will lead to the suicide of universities.
JE comments: It's safe to say that nobody would pick "term" over tenure-track, with the possible exception of a late-career academic not interested in the publish-or-perish rat race. On the other hand, everyone would prefer "term" over the lowest rung on the faculty ladder--the adjunct.
"Faculty specialists"--who comes up with these euphemisms?