The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 8th, 2015
The American Association of University Professors is standing by its
conclusions that the University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
violated widely accepted academic principles in a new report that the
center has pre-emptively challenged.
The AAUP’s release of the report on Wednesday marks the latest volley
in its battle with the center, which has displayed an exceptional
amount of resistance to the association by questioning its authority, rejecting its claims of fairness, and last month releasing a confidential draft of the AAUP’s report for the sake of denouncing the document as inaccurate and unfair.
In its final version of the report, the AAUP stands by its findings
that the center violated tenure standards, due process, and shared
governance in failing to renew the contracts of two professors and
reassigning a third to an administrative position. Much of the
association’s criticism of the center revolves around the center’s
refusal to grant faculty members tenure on a permanent basis — as it is
commonly understood — and its use, instead, of seven-year renewable
contracts to employ faculty members.