Towson enacts secret ballot for tenure decisions
The online publication Inside Higher Ed reported Friday that the University Senate at Towson University has voted to institute secret ballots in all tenure decisions, making the votes on all tenure committee members anonymous.
Most tenure decisions are made by an open vote, so Towson's policy "is thought to depart from the norm in higher education," the publication wrote.
"While it is seen as a way to assure that tenure votes will not be swayed by the political or interpersonal pressures that can come when openly casting a vote, others worry that the secrecy will breed a lack of accountability."
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Daniel de Vise
| February 11, 2011; 4:27 PM ET
Categories: Administration, Labor, Pedagogy | Tags: Towson tenure, faculty tenure, university tenure
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