Juanita Simmons is an associate professor in the MU College of Education. Her expertise is in equity issues in public school leadership, national achievement gap and school renewal.

One lesson that I learned early in life was that failure can have many advantages. What you do with failure determines future success. When I was asked to share my tenure and promotion experiences at MU, I thought about my failed attempts at tenure, the many appeals, and my eventual success in achieving it.