Tenure Review - Dean Jeff VanDerWerff
FHB 7.3.1 Preamble: The Theological Context of Tenure
Academic tenure at Northwestern College is defined as a covenant between two parties with mutual responsibilities. The faculty member pledges to adhere to the commitment of the college; Northwestern College pledges to maintain quality liberal arts education, within the Christian perspective, as stated in its educational goals.
As a Christian college, Northwestern College recognizes that all decisions regarding personnel must be made with love and justice. When a professor is successful, it is the happy duty of the members of the college family to offer commendation and recognition... By the same token, the demands of love and justice call for the college to make available to its students the best education possible and to deal honestly and forthrightly with a professor in assessment of individual performance, for the professor's own sake as well as for others.
FHB 7.3.2 The Principle of Tenure at Northwestern College
The granting of tenure means that the college formally endorses the professor's competency in meeting the standards and expectations of the college. Tenure implies that the college has confidence that the professor meets and will continue to meet the standards of the profession.
While tenure enhances academic freedom, the main reason for Northwestern's practice of granting tenure is that the college desires to secure and retain a faculty with a high level of achievement in Christian scholarship and teaching. The college offers tenure as an inducement to quality professors to develop loyal and long-standing ties to the college.
Tenure is accorded to those professors who have demonstrated their worth to the college during a sufficiently long period of time and who give satisfactory evidence of being able to meet and adapt to the continuing and changing needs of the college for the duration of their careers. Tenure provides an incentive to excellence on the part of all non-tenured professors and since the granting of tenure demonstrates the approval and confidence of the college, it may reasonably expect that the tenured professor will reciprocate with the full commitment of ability and energy to the goals of the college.
Northwestern College rejects the concept of a tenure quota either for a discipline or for the total faculty. Tenure shall be awarded to all those who are regarded as strong permanent additions to the faculty.
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