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  •  No University (1+ / 0-)
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    would stand for a faculty member returning from such a prominent national position.  There is no way a University would give one iota of leeway.  Just think... they would then have to deal with a former White House Chairman of Economic Counsel being on their staff.  Humiliating to say the least.  I bet the school was gambling that he might want to stay so that they could dump him.  Yup - no way would they tout that at all.  They may have had to wait another year or so.  Academians hate to wait as much as they hate to have to promote the fact that the have prominent figures on their staff.  Look at the Bush Administration folks - there's no one who holds a prominent academic position.  Not one.

    "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

    by newfie on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 09:50:03 AM PDT

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    •  No university (0+ / 0-)

      will let a faculty member remain on leave indefinitely. Eventually, no matter who you are, you have to come back and do your job or resign.

      Off the top of my head, I can think of professors at Chicago, Princeton, and Berkeley who had to resign their tenured positions in order to continue beyond two years in policy positions with government or international organizations. (They did fine, landing at Harvard, Columbia, and Harvard, respectively. But their original institutions made them resign if they wanted to continue in their policy jobs.)

      •  I would doubt (0+ / 0-)

        it would be indefinite but my point is thatthe prominence of his particular position might allow his leave to extend a little bit longer - maybe even to the end of the first term.  If the policies of the administration bear out and provide for economic recovery that is a benefit to the university.  And vice versa.

        "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

        by newfie on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 03:46:39 PM PDT

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        •  asdf (0+ / 0-)
          He has been working for the president between campaign and White House for four plus years," said the administration official. "The typical time for a leave at University of Chicago is two years."

          That's from the HuffPo article that the diary is based on.

          He's already extended it far beyond what's usually allowed. I've never heard of a university allowing more than two years, even for their biggest stars serving in high level positions.

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