Tenure is the goal of most college and university professors. Tenure means that you are pretty much secured in your position unless the college or university has just cause to terminate your contract. In most bastions of high education, tenure is not considered until after the professor has served a minimum of seven years and in many cases not even then. There is no rule or law that states that a school has to offer tenure to all professors who served enough time.
Yesterday, I mentioned that Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren was offered tenure at Harvard after only 3 years, but that it was due to the school’s Affirmative Action program and had nothing to do with her qualifications. Her hiring and tenure happened at a time when Harvard was trying to beef up their women and minority staff and Warren was wrongly claiming minority privilege for allegedly being part Cherokee Indian.
While Warren’s tenure was real but undeserved, Obama’s tenure offer from the University of Chicago Law School was not real.
In 2008, Jodi Kantor, the White House Correspondent for the New York Times published a profile on Barack and Michelle Obama titled, The Obamas. In her expose on the occupiers of the White House, Kantor wrote:
“Other faculty members dreamed of tenured positions; [Obama] turned them down.