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Tenure is a necessary not a sufficient condition for controversial research

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 February 2007

Kevin MacDonald
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Department of Psychology, California State UniversityLong Beach, Long Beach, CA 90840-0901 http://www.csulb.edu/~kmacd/
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Abstract

The Ceci et al. article is consistent with tenure being a necessary condition for controversial research. In the absence of tenure, as in the United Kingdom, professors have been fired and suspended for politically controversial issues. There are a variety of reasons why tenure does not ensure that professors will engage in controversial research, including career interests and the desire to be liked.

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