Read this carefully....

Arthur E. Sowers arthures at
Thu Jan 8 23:41:30 EST 1998

A colleague of mine sent me the following file (I added "^^^" to help you
find the key phrase). Normally this kind of beligerant attitude towards
faculty from administrators is never so blatantly expressed. It looks like
they really want a hatchet-man (or -person).

Art S.

PS.#1. I annonymized the source
PS #2. I acknowledge that they appear, from the use of the word
      "chairman," to be looking for a male, and not a female. 

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Date: Thu, 08 Jan 1998 20:10:02 -0500
To: Arthur Sowers <arthures at>,
    Arthur Sowers <arthures at>
Subject: Fwd: Tenure Breaking

Well, HERE we go!

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Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 14:52:53 -0600

Subject: Tenure Breaking

>From the New England Journal of Medicine - Classified Ads

The **deleted*** Hospital of Dallas is actively seeking a Physician board
certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology for the position of the Chairman,
Department of OB/GYN. The Chairman's position will include both
administrative and clinical responsibilities and anticipates that the
incumbent will have a clinical practice. The position is full-time and
compensated by the Hospital through a written agreement with additional
income generated by professional service revenue. Achieving a non-tenured
faculty in the Department of OB/GYN at the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center at Dallas will be an essential requirement of this position.
In addition, it is important that this individual possess an interest in
post-graduate resident education. This position is available January 1,
1998, and provides a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidates
should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to: 
*****deleted ******

For those of you that might be wondering what they will do in the even
that there are any tenured faculty there, already (as it is implied in the
above sentence), there are ways by which a chair can make life so
miserable for tenured faculty that they may: i) voluntarily resign, ii)
take a "buyout" to resign, iii) suffer removal from the payroll, iv) be
given consecutive salary reductions until they make less money than they
would at McDonalds, v) be loaded with so much work, committee jobs, etc.,
that this affects their physical health and forces them into resignation,
vi) concoct a sequence of events that causes the appearance of a fact
which may be grounds for procedural removal of tenure. All of these
possibilities have been described in numerous articles, primarily in the
Chronicle of Higher Education over many years. The AAUP journal, ACADEME,
also has documentation of these kinds of things, too.

Art Sowers
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