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Volume

5

Issue

3

Publisher

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Abstract

Collegiate aviation educators need to take a hard look at the tenure-review process and ask, "Does the current process of reviewing and granting tenure need to be changed and, if so, why, and how can those changes be effectively implemented?" In a global economy, the aviation industry demands collegiate aviation graduates that are knowledgeable in their fields and have highly competitive skills. The current tenure-review process in American colleges and universities confronts present-day scholars with formidable challenges that John Dewey never may have envisioned during the early 20th century. In 1915, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) was founded by Dewey to develop and protect standards of academic freedom and tenure. In the course of 80 years, the tenure system has evolved so much that some scholars would argue that it no longer does what it is supposed to do--protect free speech.

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