"Mr. Glenn," the dean began, "if you don't complete your doctorate this year, the university will not offer you a contract for next year."
"I will complete my doctorate before January," I assured him. And I did--because an earned doctorate was expected to be held by all professors in the elementary education department at Cal State Los Angeles--in 1970.
Nearly 20 years later, it appalls me to read that Cal State Fullerton continues to offer employment to a professor who has taught there for 14 years without a doctorate. The value of a doctorate or the worth of work experience is not the issue. The issue is enforcing an appropriate prerequisite for employment as a professor at a state university.
Why should the university employ professors who lack theoretical and practical experience? The answer is clear--it shouldn't. Yet it does, which is an unfair practice to persons who complete doctorates and find unqualified persons firmly entrenched in positions for which they have not been prepared academically.