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Ben-Porath, Sigal R. – Thought & Action, 2017
Academic freedom gives professors broad discretion over expressions and interactions in the classroom. Free speech guidelines and First Amendment protections permit students to speak their minds too, but they offer very limited guidance as to how classrooms should operate. While professors should obviously work within free speech parameters in the…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Teacher Role, Ethics
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Kezar, Adrianna; Maxey, Daniel; Holcombe, Elizabeth – Thought & Action, 2016
In recent decades, the employment model in higher education has markedly changed. Tenure-track faculty now represent just about 30 percent of the instructional faculty across all non-profit institutions. Meanwhile, most faculty members who provide instruction at colleges and universities today are non-tenure-track faculty, the majority of them…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Employment Practices, Models
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Brown, Katherine E. – Thought & Action, 2015
When discussing the role of higher education as it applies to students, responses often devolve into two opposing camps: one for people who advocate for and defend the role of liberal arts education as basic to the preservation of democracy and freedom, and the other for people who care about the connection between what students learn in…
Descriptors: Employment Qualifications, Liberal Arts, Readiness, Career Development
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Kezar, Adrianna; Maxey, Dan – Thought & Action, 2014
A substantial body of research, conducted over more than 50 years, makes clear that faculty-student interaction is a key factor in promoting student success, particularly among those students who most need support, such as first-generation college students and students of color. This research is consistent, pervasive, and has informed the…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Role, College Faculty, Employment Level
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O'Brien, Leigh – Thought & Action, 2013
The author of this article reflects on a study in which she and her two colleagues, teacher educators all, examined prospective students' college applications to gain insight into the discourses with which students entered two early childhood teacher certification programs. They then built on these findings to hypothesize how the identified…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, College Applicants, Teacher Education, Neoliberalism
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Harrison, Douglas – Thought & Action, 2008
In this article, the author describes the fluid nature of the scholar's identity and how personal and professional roles in higher education can collide (the role of professor and blogging academic or blogademic). The author states that while prominent academics who start blogging have an initial advantage based on their established reputations,…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Internet, Higher Education, College Faculty
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Lustig, Jeff – Thought & Action, 2006
Discussions of higher education in the U.S. are driven today by the language of finance rather than of pedagogy--more specifically, the language of financial hardship. Terms like "shortfall," "cutback," and "retrenchment" set the tone and shape the policies that force austerities and lead to "triage" in…
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Teacher Responsibility, Scholarship, Educational Change
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Schuster, Jack H.; Finkelstein, Martin J. – Thought & Action, 2006
This essay outlines several themes that encapsulate the findings from the authors'--both professors of education--previously published study, "The American Faculty: The Restructuring of Academic Work and Careers," and sheds light on several areas that urgently need further probing. Suggestions for ensuring a productive future for the…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Educational Change, Organizational Change
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Woods, Dianne Rush – Thought & Action, 2006
Most colleges and universities have a tripartite mission composed of teaching, research, and service. For faculty seeking tenure, though, this mission can seem very heavily weighted toward research. In fact, the phrase "publish or perish" is widely understood both inside and outside the academy as the primary path to a successful career…
Descriptors: Tenure, Publish or Perish Issue, African American Teachers, Women Faculty
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King, David – Thought & Action, 2003
Describes a philosophy of teaching inspired by a love of the discipline being taught and the desire of the professor to give students something of substance and be fulfilled by their responses. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational Philosophy, Higher Education, Teacher Role
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Johnson, Lonnell E. – Thought & Action, 2003
Recounts the process by which a college teacher became a teacher, specifically a teacher of writing. The experience of being taught by exceptional teachers created the desire to be such a teacher himself. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Higher Education, Individual Development, Professional Development
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Boyer, Ernest L. – Thought & Action, 2000
Discusses how in addition to developing students' individual aptitudes, education must help students understand their connections to the world at large. Describes the connections that should be illuminated for students and the role of teachers in this process. (EV)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Consciousness Raising, Higher Education, Interaction
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Wood, James L.; Valenzuela, Lorena T. – Thought & Action, 1996
Unless the higher education community itself, primarily students and faculty, responds immediately and forcefully to the issue of underfunding and widespread retrenchment, higher education as we know it will cease to exist. Problems include shrinking state financial and political support and absence of a compelling national security need.…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Faculty, College Students, Economic Change
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Johnson, J. Paul – Thought & Action, 1996
It is argued that college writing courses can accomplish technical and critical goals and also address politically-charged issues responsibly. The rationale for this approach is discussed, and a University of Texas at Austin composition program designed to include examination of race and gender issues is outlined. Several other writing course…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Faculty, College Instruction, College Role
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Clanton, Gordon – Thought & Action, 1997
A college teacher describes his approach to student subject-area writing, which includes assignment of several short papers to be written according to carefully prescribed guidelines (appended to the article), clear grading criteria, high expectations, availability for individual conferences, rewards for improvement, encouragement of writing for…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Assignments, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques
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