publication date: May. 30, 2014

Confronted with the prospect of censure by an academic freedom group, Ronald DePinho, president of MD Anderson Cancer Center, is defending his decision to deny tenure renewal to two faculty members.

Responding to an inquiry by the American Association of University Professors, DePinho said that his critics are incorrect in asserting that his administration gave no formal explanation for denying tenure renewal to two faculty members.

Kapil Mehta and Zhengxin Wang, the faculty members, were, in fact, given reasons for non-renewal, DePinho wrote in his letter to AAUP.

Following this publication’s coverage of the tenure dispute, the AAUP had launched an inquiry into MD Anderson’s treatment of Mehta and Wang, demanding their reinstatement (The Cancer Letter, May 16).

“Assuming the essential accuracy of the foregoing account, we would strongly urge you to rescind the notice of non-reappointment issued to both professors and immediately reinstate them to their full-time appointments,” an AAUP official wrote in the May 13 letter to DePinho. “Our further course of action in these cases will depend upon how you will act now.”

Mehta and Wang had received unanimous votes for renewal from the Promotions & Tenure Committee (The Cancer Letter, April 25).

If censured by the AAUP, MD Anderson would join a list of over 50 institutions.

In his letter to the AAUP, DePinho wrote:

Mehta was informed that his tenure was … Continue reading 40-22 DePinho Explains Tenure Decision, Professors Dispute Key Details

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