Academic Freedom & Tenure for Some But Not All?

Recent events at the University of Saskatchewan have brought to light, the unspoken, silent developments on who ‘really’ have the benefits of tenure and academic freedom. Questions such as, do faculty in senior administrative positions have the same academic freedom and security of tenure as the faculty who are teaching and pursuing their research? As academic librarians we know the long, historical struggle of retaining ‘academic freedom’ and, while not called tenure at U of T the equivalent of ‘permanent status’. We also know the growing trend of including termination clauses due to financial exigencies and other reasons that have been appearing in collective agreements, for not just librarians but also faculty. The inclusion of article 46, Termination of Appointments with Permanent Status in our Policy for Librarians, by the Executive Committee of Governing Council in 1978 after it has been approved by Academic Affairs was one of the reasons why UTFA never signed this policy. UTFA was never consulted on its inclusion but simply informed after the fact. Now it seems, as we have seen at the University of Saskatchewan, there are attempts to re-define tenure and academic freedom for faculty at the Dean’s level or higher at Canadian universities. This is of interest to all faculty and librarians. CAUT has a recent article on some of these issues by Len Findlay: http://www.cautbulletin.ca/en_article.asp?articleid=3873

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