Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Tenure is a necessary – not a sufficient – condition for controversial research

Kevin MacDonald a1
a1 Department of Psychology, California State University–Long Beach, Long Beach, CA 90840-0901.

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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.

(Published Online February 8 2007)