Linfield professor to discuss academic tenure

Amy OrrAmy Orr, George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor of Sociology, will present “Academic Tenure: Needed Protection or Outdated Tradition?” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The principles of academic tenure for college professors were established a century ago, in 1915. Orr, who is also the chair for the Linfield College Sociology and Anthropology Department, will discuss the sociohistorical context in which tenure for college professors was established and whether or not the system is still relevant in contemporary society. She will also discuss common criticisms of and misperceptions about academic tenure, as well as proposed alternatives.

Orr, who joined the Linfield faculty in 2001, teaches a wide variety of classes in the SOAN department and has served as the senior thesis coordinator for the department since 2003. She has a master’s of arts and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s of science in sociology – anthropology/psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.