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Article "Professors' Positions Secured by Tenure"

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Article "Professors' Positions Secured by Tenure"

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This article from the Collegian in 1983 gives the personal and professional background of the first full-time black professor, Lorenzo Simpson, who was hired in 1976 and taught in the philosophy department. He was granted tenure by the University in 1983. He received his BA in philosophy and physics at Yale and studied physics in graduate school at the University of Maryland. Simpson has also done writing and research in African culture and philosophy and the effects of modernization in traditional communities. Although Simpson was concerned with the "high degree of racial homogeneity within the student body and the faculty," he states that the University of Richmond was "more optimistic than most places" due to the $50 million dollar gift from E. Claiborne Robins to the University. He also asserts that the University had "a spirit that indicated that the place was attempting to grow." Simpson hopes his tenure does not discourage the University from trying to achieve more diversity among faculty.

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Smith, Elizabeth. "Professors' Positions Secured by Tenure." The Richmond Collegian 69, no. 22, (March 31, 1983): 1. https://collegian.richmond.edu/?a=d&d=COL19830331.2.2&srpos=2&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-

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The Collegian, University of Richmond

Date

1983

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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Smith, Elizabeth, “Article "Professors' Positions Secured by Tenure" ,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed September 25, 2020, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2809.