Sunday, March 26, 2017

Did changes to tenure influence your departure from UW? Most professors said yes - Madeline Heim, Daily Cardinal

After the UW System’s strong tenure policies were cut back last year in a series of moves from the state Legislature and the Board of Regents, many speculated the changes would soon negatively impact the system’s carefully cultivated faculty and staff. Data collected by The Daily Cardinal found that of professors contacted, 75 percent who accepted an outside offer to leave UW-Madison in the last academic year cited those changes as playing at least some part in their decision to depart. “I really didn’t want to go,” said Karma Chávez, who taught for six years in UW-Madison’s Communication Arts and Chican@/Latin@ Studies programs before leaving for a similar position at the University of Texas at Austin. “I loved my job and I loved my community.”

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