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Our faculty voted last year to allow any teaching faculty member to request going from being non-tenured to tenured. Our dean has now denied this request. Are there other universities offering this option? what are the pros and cons? and should we attempt to fight this?

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    To get proper answers, it would help if you could give a bit more context. Where in the world are you? "Our faculty voted last year" <- what was the status of that vote; is that from some official council meeting, or an informal vote in a bar? "Our dean has now denied this request" <- does that mean that the dean denied the request process wholesale, or that they denied your individual request? "Should we attempt to fight this" <- what exactly is it, that is to be fought?
    – user116675
    Aug 27, 2020 at 14:12
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    To clarify, the vote was to allow non-tenure track teaching faculty to request/apply to be considered for being on a tenure track, perhaps with different criteria than those hired on to the classic tenure track? Perhaps after $n$ years of teaching, or some other bar?
    – Jon Custer
    Aug 27, 2020 at 15:44

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Why were faculty allowed to vote on deciding their own tenure? Presumably the dean didn't sanction the vote, which is why they are denying requests. I don't understand why any university would invite faculty to award themselves tenure. Tenure is a form of promotion, granted by universities, not by faculty.

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    This reads more as a comment than as an answer.
    – user111388
    Aug 27, 2020 at 15:39
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    @user111388 Are there other universities offering this option? No, I don't understand why... what are the pros and cons? All cons for the university: Tenure is a form of promotion... and should we attempt to fight this? No, based upon my points, the OP can't win, the university will never agree.
    – user2768
    Aug 27, 2020 at 15:52
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    "Why were faculty allowed to vote on deciding their own tenure?" There are quite a few universities which have some sort of self-government and where the faculty or some of their elected representatives have a binding vote in such decisions. Right now the question lacks too much context to give an answer and this is definitely not one.
    – mlk
    Aug 27, 2020 at 16:46
  • @mlk I answer based upon by best understanding. I agree the question lacks context, that limited my ability to answer.
    – user2768
    Aug 27, 2020 at 17:35

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