Friday, May 2, 2014
One account here, though it starts on the wrong note:
Suffolk University, taking aim at academia’s hallowed practice of providing lifelong job protection for veteran instructors, has decided to require all its tenured faculty to undergo performance reviews that in some cases could lead to dismissal.
De facto, tenure has often turned out to mean "lifelong job protection," but legally, it means termination only for cause, a standard which imposes procedural requirements and burdens on the employer before termination. There are aspects of the Suffolk proposal that look problematic (review of faculty by administrators, rather than other faculty, for example), but the basic idea of a periodic performance review is wholly consistent with a "for cause" employment contract.