Inside Higher Education
takes a look at the high level of stress created by the tenure process. It examines off-the-wall behavior exhibited by some who are denied tenure. I'm happy to report that I gained tenure this year (so I didn't have to resort to such drastic measures). I certainly made certain that I had my ducks in a row before I reached my tenure year. When I had submitted my letter and notebook with all my supporting materials, I knew that the process was out of my hands. As a Christian, I left it in God's hands. If it was His will, I knew it would happen. I also knew that if I was not granted tenure that there were other options available for pursuit. I think that's a healthy attitude toward the process.