Application for Early Tenure at Clark College Turned Down

This post is not one I ever intended to write, but here goes. I’ve shared a lot about my personal and professional celebrations and challenges I’ve come across and overcome with you. Well, this post is about a professional challenge.

A year ago, when I started my tenure track appointment at Clark College, my Tenure Review Committee suggested that I consider pursuing the option for early Tenure. Early Tenure is part of our union’s contract. I was humbled to hear that my committee recognized my abilities and suggested this option. The committee and I both agreed to go through at least one year of the three-year process.

In June, my committee wrote the college’s Board of Trustees, transmitting their endorsement, my nine years of documented work at the college, and a completed Tenure Achievement Plan.

In early September, I heard back from the Board of Trustees, letting me know that they did not and would not consider my application to grant early Tenure.

Note that within the union contracts language, the Board does not have to consider applications for early Tenure. They can “pass” and not even have to consider it. This decision by the Board decided to in my case. None of my work in the Tenure Binder (portfolio) was reviewed.

I’m disappointed. Back to the tenure “process,” I go where my Tenure Review Committee and the Board of Trustees determine whether or not I’m a good fit to teach there.


Author: Bruce Elgort

You’ll find this technology professor – an award-winning instructor at Clark College – working hard to inspire and challenge his students with meaningful web development and programming experiences. With a skinny vanilla latte (no foam) in hand, Bruce loves to tinker and test the boundaries of existing and emerging technologies, to then guide hungry minds through memorable, educational journeys to showcase with passion the ever-evolving innovations of society. An industry leader, Bruce is known for co-developing Elguji’s IdeaJam software, and is recognized by IBM as an ‘IBM Champion’ for being an innovative thought leader in cloud technologies.

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