October 3, 2008
A Faustian Bargain for Academic Freedom
The historic institution of tenure is rapidly becoming history. The American Association of University Professors, for which I served as general secretary, has for almost a century advocated for tenure as the chief guarantor of a faculty member's academic freedom. But today tenure and academic freedom are viewed less and less as crucially intertwined.
Academic freedom has widely been embraced as the central value of the academy because it is correctly regarded as a necessary condition