I teach at a small liberal arts college in the midwest, and am two years through a four year tenure clock (I came in with two years of constructive credit). After my recent pre-tenure review, the Personnel Committee, in their letter to the Dean, recommended an additional pre-tenure review next year.
My question is: is such an additional pre-tenure review likely to be a condition of my employment? Can I just refuse, and take my chances at the actual tenure review in two years?
NB: I understand that you may think it unwise to refuse the advice of the committee which will then be reading my actual tenure file (with I assume largely the same members). My question is about the legal matter. Do they have the legal right to fire me if I refuse to do an additional pre-tenure review?