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Written/UnwrittenDiversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure$
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Patricia A. Matthew

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627717

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627717.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Written/Unwritten: The Gap Between Theory and Practice

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(p.1) Introduction
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Written/Unwritten
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Patricia A. Matthew

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627717.003.0001

The introduction argues that although the academy has a spoken (the written) commitment to diversity, the same attitudes (the unwritten) that kept faculty of color out of predominately white institutions in the 1940s works against them during personnel reviews. It highlights examples of the current climate where meritocratic language is used as if it’s neutral, discusses how the work of program building that many scholars of color are called upon to do is undervalued, and argues that personal narratives about tenure process are vital to a clearer understanding of the system’s weaknesses. In addition to including quantitative data, the introduction offers a historical and contemporary context for the stories included in the anthology.

Keywords:   AAUP, USC, University of Texas-Austin, Fred G. Wale, 1940s, 1960s, Black Studies, Faculty Service, Tenure Denial

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