Stanford is renowned for being the home of some of the world’s most brilliant minds, and these minds are undoubtedly one of this university’s greatest assets. As students here, we often witness firsthand the unrivaled intellectual caliber of our professors, and, less often but still occasionally, the difficulty of obtaining and keeping those professorial positions here. We also hear of cases where top-notch scholars don’t receive tenure, a fate shared by half of all the assistant professors here.
In its Thursday meeting, the Faculty Senate approved a permanent implementation of the principal investigator (PI) waiver program at the Stanford School of Medicine, which will allow post-doctoral students who aren’t typically eligible to become PIs—University-funded lead researchers in medical school projects—to apply for waivers to achieve this opportunity.
On Tuesday, high-profile Harvard professor of government Jorge Dominguez announced his resignation and retirement following a stream of 18 sexual misconduct allegations against him, including one involving Stanford professor of political science and Latin American studies Terry Karl. Harvard placed Dominguez on administrative leave on Sunday evening, according to The Crimson.
During his tenure as University President, John Hennessy has not been immune from criticism. Yet, implicit in every criticism is the belief that Hennessy has shaped Stanford indelibly.
Prompted by Kumar’s denial of tenure on March 30, “What is Intellectual History?” questioned Stanford’s commitment to global intellectual history.
I stumbled upon intellectual history because I felt impoverished and unattractive. Although my family belonged to the ranks of nouveau riche Gangnam elites in Korea, that sense of entitlement evaporated across the ocean and continent at Exeter and Penn. Fresh off the boat, I searched for friends, who turned out to be mostly Asian. I…
The decision to deny tenure to a history professor sparked a student protest on Thursday.
Following the recent denial of tenure to Assistant Professor of English Stephen Sohn, a petition calling on Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82 and Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences Richard Saller to reconsider the School’s decision has garnered over 1,400 signatures—including those of several prominent Asian-American authors and scholars—to date.