Florida Polytechnic mulling no tenure for professors
Florida Polytechnic University's board will be asked next week to approve a non-tenure model for hiring and retaining faculty. Instead of the possibility of earning lifetime positions, Polytechnic professors will be offered nine- or 12-month contracts that can be renewed.
Tenure is a hallmark of higher education in America, intended to ensure academic freedom and job security for high-performing faculty members. The Polytechnic board's Academic Affairs Committee recommended this week that the science, technology and engineering institute try something different.
The school is laying the ground work for an August 2014 opening.
Ghazi Darkazalli, Polytechnic's vice president of academic affairs, said he expects the contract model to be an asset for attracted the most talented faculty.
“There are many benefits of following a non-tenure track," he said. "It allows us the versatility for faculty to prove themselves outside the boundary and conditions set by the tenure process."