A Question of Tenure
By Marlane Rodriguez, The Collegian
No guarantee of transfer to UT-RGV, faculty told at meeting with Cigarroa
Are UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American tenured professors going to be tenured at the new UT-Rio Grande Valley? That was the first question posed to University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa during a meeting Wednesday afternoon on the UTB University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, which was created last year and signed into law in July.
Bobbette Morgan, president of UTB’s Faculty Senate, told Cigarroa in front of a crowd of about 50 people, that she asked lawyers at the UT System “if tenure at UTB and UTPA means tenure at UT-RGV” and was told “no.”
“Can you ensure us some way?” Morgan, a professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, asked the chancellor.
“Legally, that is a true statement, but the intention here is to grow the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley into one of the larger universities,” Cigarroa said.
He said he sees the university as a growing university, which means there will be more students and programs.
“We are going to need faculty, you know that,” he said.
There will be transition causes, he said, adding: “I really want to do the right thing.”