“Married prominent Harvard professor with tenure is placed on administrative leave following 18 accusations of sexual harassment spanning decades” (Daily Mail) concerns a guy to whom Harvard was obligated to keep sending paychecks until his death. Considering all of the virtuous Silicon Valley guys (example: Sundar Pichai) who start their pronouncements with “Because I have daughters…”, this part of the article is disturbing: “The 72-year-old is married and has two daughters.”
The tenure system was established at a time when it was legal and conventional to have a mandatory retirement age. So it was a job guarantee from age 35-65, not from 35-90. Will the #MeToo movement be the catalyst for meaningful access to university jobs for young people?
[Update: They didn’t even have to fire the guy… “Harvard Professor Resigns Amid Allegations of Sexual Harassment” (nytimes).]
- the original Chronicle of Higher Ed article that led to this guy’s downfall (“Karl believes the stress she suffered as a result of Domínguez’s harassment was harming her already fragile health. By December 1982, the disks in her lower back had ruptured, and she needed surgery.”)
- Tim Hunt, Ellen Pao, and how to get rid of old tenured faculty (the Nobel laureate was cast out for a definitely-not-funny joke)
- Four physics professors killed at University of Iowa (friend with a physics Ph.D. says that as soon as the news hit the wire, the department’s FAX machine was flooded with job applications and ran out of paper)