Faculty Tenure: Guarding Your Institution from Legal Claims When Tenure Is Denied

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CD Only                $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): James Ottavio Castagnera, Ph.D. and attorney at law
Price: $349.00, CD includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides. CD subject to a $5.95 handling charge.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, faculty, staff, higher education counsel
Best For: Higher education

Why so many tenure-driven law suits these days? One reason might be that less than a third of all full-time faculty have tenure, compared with the seventies and eighties when approximately two-thirds of all full-time faculty were tenured or on the tenure track. With tenure being so much more difficult to attain and consequently much more hotly contested than it once was, how can you and your institution guard against legal claims from employees denied tenure? And what are the appropriate protocols you must have in place in order to avoid such claims in the first place? It all starts by being knowledgeable. More specifically, a joint report released recently by the American Council on Education, the American Association of University Professors – which has assisted thousands of its members in their tenure cases down the decades – and insurer United Educators identified three crucial components of a fair and effective tenure process: clarity in standards and procedures, candor in evaluations, and care for unsuccessful candidates. But what does that mean from a practical perspective?

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera, Esq., associate provost and legal counsel for academic affairs and voter on nearly 500 promotion and tenure cases, for comprehensive guidance on the university’s role in the tenure process as well as ways to protect the institution when tenure is denied.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Appropriate promotion and tenure criteria
  • Model procedures and policies
  • Due process requirements in both the public and the private university sectors
  • The role of academic freedom in tenure evaluations
  • Potential discrimination claims by tenure candidates
  • The care and handling of disappointed candidates
  • Long-term, renewable contracts as an alternative to tenure
  • Post tenure review and the rescission of tenure


Your conference leader for “Faculty Tenure: Guarding Your Institution from Legal Claims When Tenure Is Denied” is Dr. Jim Castagnera. Dr. Castagnera holds a JD and a PhD in American studies from Case Western Reserve University. His 30-year career in higher education includes a stint as Case Western Reserve’s Director of University Communication, and teaching experience at the University of Texas-Austin, the Widener University and Drexel University schools of law, and Penn’s Wharton School of Business. He is the author of 19 books, including the Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators (Peter Lang, revised edition 2014). Now in his 20th year as the associate provost and legal counsel for academic affairs at New Jersey’s Rider University, his responsibilities include regulatory, governance, human resource, faculty labor relations, academic assessment, promotion and tenure, and litigation management matters.

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