Skip to comments.Former University of Chicago Law School dean: Obama was never offered tenure
Posted on 09/12/2012 7:41:34 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
A longtime professor and one-time dean of the University of Chicago Law School told The Daily Caller that Barack Obama was never offered tenure, despite the assertions of a New York Times reporter who covers the president and the first family.
Other faculty members dreamed of tenured positions; [Obama] turned them down, wrote Times White House Correspondent Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas, in a July 30, 2008 profile of the presidents twelve years as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.
And yet, according to longtime University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein, Obama was never actually offered a tenured faculty position. Nor, for that matter, was he ever a constitutional law professor.
I have no idea where Jodi got her story about the tenure offer, said Epstein, adding that he immediately wrote Kantor to tell her she was wrong.
Tenure offers require votes from faculties approved by the provost, and need a scholarly output. He was approached with the possibility of an entry level position without tenure, but it never got to the faculty for want of interest on his side, Epstein confirmed via email.
Epstein was the law schools interim dean during 2001. His account contradicts a claim Kantor has repeatedly made, that a tenure offer came from Dean Daniel Fischel.
Mr. Obama turned the offer down, Kantor wrote in 2008. She expanded on that claim later that day, writing for a Times blog. When the law school tried to hire Mr. Obama after his failed 2000 congressional race, it was for a tenured job. Kantor wrote. In our interview, I asked [Fischel] if he meant tenure-track, and he said no.
” And yet, according to longtime University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein, Obama was never actually offered a tenured faculty position. Nor, for that matter, was he ever a constitutional law professor. “
LOL!! He was a lowly “instructor” which is equivalent to a student teacher.
It no longer matters that he lies, or why he no longer has his license to practice law. There is no sense of shame in Obama, and there is no concern about it in the electorate that supports him.
Moral standards have disappeared.
Yearning is king, and desire is met...that is all that matters.
And to be a prof...one has to “publish”. Don’t recall any “scholarly publications”.
It must really bite when his carefully structured bio starts exposing his rear-end.
Actually he wasn't even an "instructor". I believe his official position was "visiting lecturer". One step up from teaching assistant.
He was obviously the token minority that looked good on the roster but actually didn’t teach anything. That’s the wax fruit that falls from the Affirmative Action tree at universities across the country.
Wonder how much Harvard paid him to use his name there, a la Fauxcahontas?
Stupid premise. Adjuncts are not tenure track.
I was delighted the other day after speaking to my good neighbor who’s a Blue Dog Democrat. He’s “awakened”. Calls Obama “The Manchurian Candidate”. Hehe!
IMO, there is no shame in being an instructor. Maybe it’s “lowly” in the academic hierarchy, but it’s a respectable job. What makes it not respectable, is when it’s an Affirmative Action hire, and undeserved.
I feel sorry for anyone in any of his classes. If his teaching style was anything like his current speaking style, it must have been atrocious. Did he have teleprompters in class? Did someone write out speeches for him to deliver? The thought of him teaching boggles the mind.
2008 Times report, eh?
Well now we know he was never offered tenure, never a constitutional law scholar. And of course, we’ve all come to experience that he was never an expert on the economy, fiscal budgets, education, the environment, energy, healthcare, or foreign affairs.
What a f’n loser.
Stupid premise. Adjuncts are not tenure track.
Yep. Part-timers are not eligible for tenure. If they get a full-time gig, they have an “observation period” for 3 years (depending on the institution, I think).
Then, if they DO get tenure, they have to publish.
Epstein is a LEGEND.
(but was he Dean at Chicago? If so, just another feather in his cap, but sort of an extra feather...he is a truly monumental scholar).
“If his teaching style was anything like his current speaking style, it must have been atrocious.”
Maybe he was honing his current speaking style (serious and then “Cousin Pookie”, “piece of the pie” speeches).
The Incompetent One is too lazy and not bright enough to publish.
Barry learned a long time ago that his ethnicity, speaking skills and “foreign” background (real or imagined) could open a lot of doors for him, and he took full advantage. In fact, Zero never stayed with anything very long, from community organizing to practicing law, to serving as a state senator and U.S. senator. It was always about clambering his way to the top, without gaining any of the experience that would actually qualify him to lead.
Lest we forget, this is the same brilliant POTUS that doesn’t roll into the Oval Office until 9:30 or 10:00 every morning (Bush was always at his desk by 7 am), and will gladly shift the focus of conversation to sports, no matter what's on the table.
All the more reason to send him packing in November, so he has plenty of time on his hands, to play golf, given speeches or even get Bill Ayers to write more books for him. Lazy doesn't begin to describe Obama, and if he loses this fall, you'll see a spate of books confirming his habits.
Obama is the ultimate affirmative action hire, who has ridden that train to the highest office in the land. His own record of “achievement” is virtually nonexistent, one reason he's spent so much time and money to keep his college records sealed.
Even with affirmative action hiring of minorities, they are usually expected to meet the same requirements for getting tenure as non-minorities are...but I don't know if law schools act the same way.
Maybe if Obama is defeated a major law school will offer him its presidency.
He was a lowly instructor which is equivalent to a student teacher.
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Not quite accurate, at least at most institutions. A lecturer is an adequately credentialed teacher who is usually hired on a year-to-year or semester-to-semester basis. A lecturer is not the same thing as a student teacher (which is REALLY the lowest rung on the academic ladder), who is usually a PhD candidate. The position of lecturer is usually not considered a permanent position, and is not a tenure-track position at all. The lecturer usually already has a PhD or Master’s degree, and is considered “above” a student teacher in the pecking order, but far below a professor or assistant professor.