Tenure Issue Key In Wayne State U Talks

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hayg Oshagan spent years teaching, doing research and publishing in scholarly journals when he first was hired on the faculty of Wayne State University.

Eventually, he convinced his WSU colleagues that he deserved to have tenure, the hallmark of an academic's life.

Now, Oshagan and hundreds of other WSU faculty say the university's prestige and their lifelong appointments are at risk as administrators have proposed language in their labor contract that they believe would be the first research university in the nation to end tenure — an interpretation that WSU officials dismiss as false.

But a recommendation has emerged that may satisfy both sides on the tenure issue at one of the state's three largest universities.

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