As the University prepares to hire a huge number of professors, candidates will face different degrees of review for tenure at Cornell, depending on their teaching ability, experience and the caliber of their former institution.
As Cornell braces to offset its largest wave of retirement in history, administrators warn that the lack of a mandated retirement age and worsening financial prospects for retirees could impede its faculty renewal initiative.
Due to aggressive hiring in the mid 1980s, 50 percent of Cornell's faculty will retire in the next decade. The University should work to break the cycle by hiring faculty with greater variation in age, and consistently hiring new faculty at a steady pace beyond the next 10 years.
As a large portion of Cornell’s faculty approach retirement age, Cornell started a new faculty hiring initiative — which administrators call “faculty renewal” — last year that will fill the 50 percent of positions that are expected to be vacated over the next 10 years.