The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 5th, 2014
The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, affiliated with the University of Texas, has escalated its challenge
to the American Association of University Professors by rejecting the
group’s assurance that any investigation of the center’s tenure
practices will be fair.
Having turned the tables on the AAUP in July by demanding that the association answer a long list of questions justifying its authority in such matters, the cancer center last week made clear that it is dissatisfied with the answers
provided by the association. As a result, Anderson officials said, they
were reluctant to cooperate with the group’s investigation of the
center’s dismissal of two professors.
Dan Fontaine, the center’s executive chief of staff, argued in a letter last week
to Gregory F. Scholtz, director of the AAUP’s department of academic
freedom, tenure, and governance, that the association “has apparently
rejected well-recognized fundamental requirements of a fair
investigation” as inapplicable to it on the grounds that it is neither
an accrediting agency nor a formal governing body.