The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston is bringing in new assistant professors at the same time as around 30 fired faculty members, many of them tenured, fight for the jobs they lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
After the Sept. 13 storm hit the island campus, UTMB declared financial exigency and linkurl:conducted mass layoffs; that ultimately cost around 2,500 jobs, including the posts of linkurl:127 faculty members,; 83 of which were tenured or on a tenure-track. Around a quarter of these fired staff are now appealing those layoffs, some arguing that the medical branch used the disaster as an excuse to undermine the tenure process. "Clearly the 'financial exigency' as narrowly defined did not drive the process of selecting programs and positions for termination, but instead, became a convenient excuse or explanation for what appears to be a general reduction in force that is not specifically related...

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