Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Life After the Denial of Tenure

I previously blogged Daniel Drezner's tenure denial by the University of Chicago.  The Chronicle of Higher Education has an update in A Professor and His Wife on Absorbing the Shock of Tenure Denial:
  • Daniel W. Drezner: The Loudest F One Can Earn
  • Erika Drezner: My Confident Husband, Suddenly Full of Self-Doubt

Lyrissa C. Barnett Lidsky (Florida) offers a law school perspective.


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Oh for pete's sake - the "My Confident Husband" piece was written as though no one has ever lost a job before. How incredibly and luckily isolated they've been from trouble! And to suddenly have self-doubt and fail? Geez, don't work in a law firm where you're beaten up by colleagues daily.... Talk about things that haunt you every day - a decade or more in private practice is a hell of a lot tougher on a person than being denied tenure and then getting a raise.

Posted by: Tax Lawya | Jul 7, 2011 6:21:23 AM

"..the University of Chicago's department of political science had denied me tenure.. Some of my friends started spinning fantastical explanations, including my political views...."

The professor still doesn't understand why he was fired. Perhaps linking the sentences above may help him.

Nevertheless, it's not fair to any person being terminated for the employer to not provide a clear explanation as to the reason for the action.

Also, I noticed in comments under the article that there no pity for him, since he was a professor and found other work right away. Rejection hurts the same for everyone, despite the speed of financial recovery. It still haunts him to this day, as it would most people.

Posted by: Woody | Jul 6, 2011 9:05:54 AM