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Jimmy Carter now tenured at Emory University

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Jimmy Carter now tenured at Emory University

Jimmy Carter at the LBJ Library on February 15, 2011. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons
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President Jimmy Carter is now a tenured professor at Emory University.

“To a lifetime filled with accolades for innumerable contributions to human rights and global health, President Jimmy Carter has added another,” the University said in a press release. “After serving as University Distinguished Professor at Emory for the past 37 years, Carter has been granted tenure at Emory University. His tenured faculty appointment in four schools, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, Candler School of Theology, and Rollins School of Public Health, reflects the breadth of the president’s work and his impact on numerous fields. ”

He is the first tenured faculty member at Emory with “Nobel Prize” and “former United States President” on his resume.

“The principle undergirding tenure––which essentially means a continuous post as a professor––is to preserve academic freedom for those who teach and pursue research in higher education,” the press release from Emory said.

President Claire Sterk said the honor is well-deserved.

“It gives me such pleasure to announce that the Board of Trustees has conferred this well-earned recognition on President Carter,” Sterk said in the press release. “Across nearly four decades, he has given Emory the full measure of what it means to be a public intellectual and an engaged faculty member. He has viewed teaching as a revered calling––the same humble approach he has brought to every undertaking, large and small, across a lifetime.”

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