Posted: 8 Aug 2022 Last revised: 21 Sep 2022

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Deepa Das Acevedo

University of Alabama - School of Law

Date Written: August 5, 2022


The debate over faculty tenure has proceeded despite a glaring absence of data on tenure’s real-world operations as an employment practice. I use an original, manually-assembled dataset of “tenured-terminations” from 2000 to 2021 to offer a first look into the landscape of tenured employment via instances where tenure was overcome. The data show reveal remarkable patterns in the demographics and circumstances of tenured-terminations. The data also trouble assumptions about the misuse of academic freedom by illuminating the narratives and counternarratives advanced by the universities and faculty who are involved in tenured-terminations. These findings have implications for supporters and critics of tenure alike.

[21 Sept. 2022] I am continuing to revise the data set and results, and will post an updated version of the paper once this process is complete.

Keywords: faculty tenure, academia, at-will employment, just cause, academic freedom

JEL Classification: K31

Suggested Citation

Das Acevedo, Deepa, Tenured-Terminations (August 5, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4183048 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4183048

Deepa Das Acevedo (Contact Author)

University of Alabama - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

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