Author of controversial UW faculty survey on tenure to release results to the media

Pat Schneider:

William Howell, the University of Chicago researcher behind a controversial survey of University of Wisconsin faculty’s views on tenure, is hosting a media event at the Madison Club Wednesday to release his findings.

Academics typically present the findings of such a study to peers for publication in a journal, said Mark Sorkin, associate director of communications for the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Instead, Howell will publicly release his survey results to the media without analysis or interpretation, Sorkin said Tuesday.

“Given the extraordinary amount of attention and concern around the survey, there was interest in presenting the findings with no interpretation and no policy prescriptions, purely in the interest of transparency,” Sorkin said.