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Oh, I forget what names, but yes, he's done it.
Do you remember the reason?
Yes. He would--I mean, it's not just done out of hand.
He appoints an ad hoc--let's say a faculty has nominated a certain
person for tenure, and he has his doubts about it. He then appoints
an ad hoc search committee, ad hoc committee to review--of
outsiders--to review this. And usually, when he's done that because
he thought that appointment was bad, the appointment gets canceled.
What kinds of issues would make him doubt a faculty--recommended
appointment, a department-recommended appointment?
Cronyism. There is cronyism in the academy probably more
than there is anywhere else. In politics you call it log rolling, I
believe. But a faculty hates to deny promotion to one of its own.
Junior faculty has a term of--I believe it's seven years. And if
you're not given tenure at the end of seven years you automatically
go, you have to leave the place. If you've been there for seven
years, and you're reasonably popular, even though the faculty really
doesn't think you're very good, they're not going to vote against
you. So somebody has to be able to say “no”. And in an awful lot of
universities, you end up with tenured faculty that never should have
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