This article explores certain features of the rank and tenure review process in the field of education from a Taoist perspective. There is much that can be learned from philosophical Taoism regarding rank and tenure review. Even though this Chinese philosophy seems incompatible with this ritual of academic life, it has been argued that certain concepts of Taoism can complement the personal experience of this evaluation process so that one is strengthened rather than weakened; that as an intrapersonal frame of reference, philosophical Taoism may offer a potential point of sanity. Certain texts of philosophical Taoism have been used to interpret the personal narratives of persons experiencing rank and tenure review with the intent of providing a vantage-point and some comprehension of this ubiquitous predicament in academia.
Crawford, L. (1993). A tao perspective on the rank and tenure process. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 22(3), 37–55.