The Centralia College Board of Trustees has voted to grant tenure to five instructors, Mark Gorecki (Spanish), Jeff McQuarrie (Speech), Julie Nurse (Library), Dave Peterson (ELT/Robotics) and Paul Suozzo (Economics).
All faculty members participate in ongoing evaluation, but those in the tenure process are intensively evaluated by their students, peers and supervisors throughout the probationary period, which typically spans three years. The Board of Trustees grants tenure based upon these evaluations and recommendations from the probationer’s committee and the college administration.
Tenure is primarily intended to guarantee the right to academic freedom. It protects teachers when they dissent from prevailing opinion, openly disagree with authorities, or spend time on unfashionable topics.
“Over the past three years these individuals have been the focus of intense scrutiny by their respective tenure committees and have demonstrated the skills, attitudes, and abilities to achieve this important milestone,” explained Vice President of Instruction John Martens. “We congratulate them for their accomplishment and would like to extend our thanks to their tenure committees for the many hours they have invested. Through all of their efforts, the college is assured a high quality faculty.”