Appeal Tenure Case of Professor James Sherley sign now

January 21, 2005


On January 3, 2005, Prof. James Sherley was informed that his tenure package will not proceed to the Engineering Council for review, which is the next step in the tenure process. As a result, Prof. Sherley will not be able to gain tenure in Biological Engineering at MIT.

James has played a significant role as an invaluable member of the Biological Engineering (BE) Division, since his appointment in 1998.

As a faculty member, he has stood out as a significant member of the BE community, because of his:

Energetic and approachable personality

Engaging participation during student and departmental seminars

Involvement in student activities

Enthusiasm for teaching

Support as a mentor to numerous undergraduate and graduate students

Creativity and respect as a scientist and role model to students.

Prof. Sherleys departure will be a great loss to the students and members of the BE community and MIT altogether.

By signing this petition, we the undersigned, ask that Prof. Sherleys tenure case be reviewed by the Engineering Council with all speed.

On January 26, 2005, this petition will be shown to President Susan Hockfield, Dr. Charles M. Vest (Former MIT President), Provost Robert A. Brown and Dean Thomas L. Magnanti.

If you wish to maintain anonymity, while expressing your support, please feel free to write individual (anonymous) letters directly to the appropriate party.

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Latest Signatures

  • 16 December 2015250. Kayvan Z
    Having read up on the matter, I think a serious review of this case is warranted and necessary to uphold the integrity of the tenure process
  • 28 November 2015249. Paula P
    I support this petition
  • 03 November 2015248. Mr O
    Academic racism (overt or implicit) will only stop being a problem when there are charitable trusts set up by Black people to fund research. I suggest you leave MIT invest in a high- flying hedge fund and set up you own independent research lab. All the b
  • 26 October 2015247. Brindha M
    I support this petition
  • 28 September 2015246. Nupur G
    Professor Sherley is one of the most dedicated, generous, kind-hearted, supportive people I've met in my life. He is extremely open and approachable and never turns you away. I am extremely proud to know him and be able to support him.
  • 13 September 2015245. Sergey Nk
    I have been following Dr. Sherley's academic career for a long period. I am surprized and outraged by the desicion not to grant Dr. Sherley tenure at MIT. He is a reputable scientist with a highly-innovative research program. He must be granted tenure.
  • 25 August 2015244. Colin G
    I support this petition
  • 14 August 2015243. Caroline A
    I support this petition
  • 09 August 2015242. Anne P
    The response of the Institute to serious charges has been egregiously dismissive. There should be a thorough review.
  • 04 August 2015241. J Ricardollamasv
    I support this petition
  • 02 August 2015240. Christine C
    Professor Sherley has been an incredibly encouraging and generous mentor and friend. He has taught me life lessons that helped me survive some of the toughest moments I have ever experienced.
  • 13 July 2015239. Smita A
    I support this petition
  • 08 June 2015238. Ishan C
    I support this petition
  • 29 May 2015237. Drbiologist Waller
    In any events, as long as a black (s), but not any other races, is (are) involved, it is racism. why? African Americans are extremely good at using racism. James Sherley's research is among lower third. Based on his publication record, he does not deserve
  • 26 April 2015236. Christopher U
    The reasons I had chosen to work as a postdoc for Dr.Sherley are all highlighted in this petition. I can not imagine an institute of higher learning intentionally allowing a person his caliber to leave their faculty. If allowed to happen, this situation w
  • 25 March 2015235. Chaela T
    I support this petition
  • 22 March 2015234. Joseph M
    James Sherley has been and always will be a cherished mentor of mine. He is a man whose patience, perseverance, and optimism have profoundly inspired me in both my personal and professional lives. His dedication to the students of MIT is unparalleled, and
  • 09 March 2015233. Joshua Merokbssm
    I support this petition
  • 03 March 2015232. Oliver T
    I met Dr. Sherley in a recent conference and he is definitely a competent scientist and a great asset to MIT. His research on adult stem cells has brought MIT to the limelight, as his results are great and will be of benefit to science and medicine. Pleas
  • 03 March 2015231. Rehan K
    I support this petition
  • 02 March 2015230. Hongbin Y
    Prof. Sherley should be tenured
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Marian WrightBy:
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Petition target:
President Hockfield, President Vest, Provost Brown, Dean Magnanti


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