when tenure isn’t enough

external validation doesn’t matter when my internal voice says otherwise

LaToya Baldwin Clark
5 min readApr 30, 2023

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Image of three different colored overlapping rectangles with “tenure” in the middle

I don’t know if I ever really believed that I might be denied tenure. I knew denial was possible, but I’d done the things I was supposed to do to get tenure. What I’d done was enough. There were weaknesses in my file, so perhaps, a few votes against me. But not most of the votes.

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LaToya Baldwin Clark

Law professor. Living with Bipolar. Teach and write about the law of educational inequality, property and the family. Mom of 3. All opinions my own.