'Terminal Year' Granted to Those Denied Tenure Can Be Awkward, if Not Risky

'Terminal Year' Granted to Those Denied Tenure Can Be Awkward, if Not Dangerous 1

Christine Prichard for The Chronicle

Debra Moriarity, now the chair of the biology department at the U. of Alabama at Huntsville, was at the faculty meeting where Amy Bishop, who had been denied tenure, shot six people.

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close 'Terminal Year' Granted to Those Denied Tenure Can Be Awkward, if Not Dangerous 1

Christine Prichard for The Chronicle

Debra Moriarity, now the chair of the biology department at the U. of Alabama at Huntsville, was at the faculty meeting where Amy Bishop, who had been denied tenure, shot six people.

Debra M. Moriarity recalls making a promise to Amy Bishop when her colleague pointed a 9-millimeter pistol at her head. "I have helped you before," Ms. Moriarity told her. "I can help you again."

But the offer may have sounded hollow to Ms. Bishop, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. After all, her colleagues, including Ms. Moriarity, a full professor of biochemistry, had already voted against Ms. Bishop's tenure bid. Despite that negative