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Journal Article

Toward Tenure: Developing a Relational View

RALPH T. MASON, CATHERINE CASEY and PAUL BETTS
The Journal of Educational Thought (JET) / Revue de la Pensée Éducative
Vol. 44, No. 1, SPECIAL ISSUE: Perspectives — The Road to Tenure (Spring, 2010), pp. 85-98
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23767059
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Abstract

To make sense of their different experiences with tenure, three education professors inquire into tenure as an institutional process using postmodern constructs. Foucault's panopticon, with its subsidiary ideas of surveillance and docile bodies provided a fresh perspective for viewing the power differential between pre-tenure professors and those tenured professors who will judge their adequacy for tenure status. Second, the authors used Baudrillard's simulacrum to understand differently their colleagues' attempts to simplify the challenge of tenure through the provision of unofficial statements of expected outputs. The vulnerability of new scholars due to the power differential within tenure is substantial, but such vulnerability may be a coherent consequence of the institution's structure. Rather than reforming tenure as an institutional process, the authors suggest that conversations about identity-making and tenure take place within relationships with colleagues. Trois professeurs en éducation, enquêtent sur la titularisation en tant que méthode institutionnelle par le biais de structures postmodernes et ce, pour donner un sens à leurs expériences différentes face à la titularisation. Le "panopticon" de Foucault avec ses idées connexes de "surveillance" et de "docile bodies," a apporté un regard nouveau sur la façon d'envisager le pouvoir différentiel entre les professeurs en attente d'une titularisation et les professeurs titulaires qui jugeront après de leur accord sur un statut de titularisation. Ensuite, les auteurs se sont servis du "simulacrum" de Baudrillard pour comprendre différemment les tentatives de leurs confrères à adoucir la difficulté de la titularisation à travers la clause de déclarations officieuses de résultats attendus. La vulnérabilité des nouveaux érudits, due à la différence de pouvoir au sein même de la titularisation, est considérable. Nonobstant, une telle vulnérabilité peut être une conséquence logique de la structure de l'établissement. Les auteurs proposent que des conversations, sur le façonnage de l'identité et sur la titularisation, s'organisent entre collègues plutôt que de réformer la titularisation en procédure institutionnelle.

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