An anonymous senior leaves the following comment in our Tenure Decisions thread:

in case there was still a question:

nathan sanders was definitely considered for tenure this year and was denied it. unless he mounts a successful appeal, he will leave at the end of the next academic year.

from what i’ve heard and from what i can tell, the tenure decisions at williams are made behind closed doors, much more so than at other institutions. there seem to be no consistent criteria that are used. this makes it trickier to appeal a tenure decision once it’s been made.

at williams, the CAP — committee on appointments and promotions — makes the tenure decisions, and i’d like to point out that this is NOT a faculty committee — it consists of three faculty members, and THREE administration members, including the president and the dean of faculty. giving administration so much sway in tenure decisions is definitely not common protocol at institutions of higher education. most schools use committees that consist purely of faculty.

and regarding nathan sanders, he is truly an exceptional teacher and has no equal at williams in terms of the way he singlehandedly built up the linguistics program. there are a lot of unhappy people out there.

EDIT: See previous discussion of tenure denials here. Of the three denials EphBlog reported in that post, Mladenovic successfully appealed, while Bean ended up being not so lucky. Teresco appears to have moved on to Rensselaer Polytechnic. Whittaker was also denied tenure and moved on to Pomona.

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