Opinion: Universities harm academics by firing untenured faculty

07/10/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Some law schools -- such as the one at Seton Hall University -- are firing untenured teachers as part of efforts to cut costs, a practice that is "shortsighted," according to University of San Diego law professor Victor Fleischer. Academics, he argues in this blog post, must be free of financial worries to do their jobs, while cuts should be made instead in administration or by attrition or the retirement of tenured faculty. "If universities tie tenure decisions to department budgets, deans will be tempted to think about pleasing alumni in determining whom to tenure and whom to let go," Fleischer writes.

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