The Future of Tenure: How Chatham University Brought Tenure Back


At a time when a growing number of universities are moving away from tenure and hiring a higher percentage of faculty on non tenure-track appointments, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA recently made the decision to reinstate tenure more than two decades after phasing it out. I discuss the factors that originally led Chatham to replace tenure with a capstone system and what convinced the Board to restore tenure with VPAA Dr. Jenna Templeton and Dr. Joe MacNeil, who chaired the faculty committee that conducted the review of the system for reviewing and promoting faculty. One of the distinctive elements of Chatham’s new tenure system is that it includes professors of practice and clinical professors through a broadened definition of scholarship. We conclude by examining the lessons for other institutions as they prepare for the challenges higher education will be facing in the coming decade.

David Finegold is the president of Chatham University.

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David Finegold is the president of Chatham University.

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