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Messier, John – Thought & Action, 2017
Collective bargaining and faculty governance are sometimes perceived to be in conflict. Faculty members will debate about whether a specific issue--for example, program consolidations or early college/dual enrollment (where high school students earn college credits taking high school classes taught by high school teachers)--falls under governance…
Descriptors: Governance, Academic Freedom, Unions, Collective Bargaining
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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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Rosenthal, Bill; Schnee, Emily – Thought & Action, 2013
On a prime site in Manhattan, a block from the lions guarding the New York Public Library, the City University of New York (CUNY) opened its newest community college in the fall of 2012. Designed to achieve greater student success, as measured through increased graduation rates, the New Community College at CUNY (NCC) is seen as a beacon of hope…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Tenure, College Administration
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Goldstene, Claire – Thought & Action, 2012
The alarming stories from adjunct faculty, who now comprise a majority of higher-education teachers nationally, share troubling commonalities. The frustrations are financial, personal, and professional. In decades past, most adjunct faculty worked full-time outside of academe and taught an occasional course based on a particular expertise or…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Adjunct Faculty, Expertise
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Street, Steve – Thought & Action, 2009
As anyone who has ever defended a thesis or been on a tenure track must know, American institutions of higher education have rigorous and finely calibrated ways of according respect to those who work in them. What they do not have enough of is respect from those beyond their gates. The author argues that the system that created the two-tiered…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Classification, Tenure
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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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Vaughn, William – Thought & Action, 2006
With more than 14 years of preparation, the author thought he knew how to write a syllabus--until he moved to Missouri. Having spent the previous nine years next door in Illinois, first as a graduate student and then as an adjunct (both at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), the author never noticed that his neighbors in the Show Me…
Descriptors: Ideology, Course Descriptions, Educational Policy, State Policy
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Allen, Henry Lee – Thought & Action, 2000
Asserts that despite attempts by critics of higher education to use tenure as a scapegoat for a plethora of institutional shortcomings, there is no persuasive evidence that tenured faculty aren't doing their jobs. Describes the need for and benefits of tenure, argues against its critics, and calls for more attention toward creating organizational…
Descriptors: College Environment, College Faculty, Higher Education, Productivity
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Hutcheson, Philo A. – Thought & Action, 1996
Drawing on longitudinal data from federal surveys for 1974-75 and 1992 and other studies, tenure patterns and trends are examined in 3 groups of college faculty: full-time faculty with at least 50% teaching responsibility; women faculty; and all faculty. Conclusions are drawn about the meaning of tenure, and steps to be taken in clarifying its…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational Trends, Employment Patterns, Faculty Workload
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Gozemba, Patricia; de los Reyes, Eileen – Thought & Action, 1996
The progressive gains of college faculty since the 1960s (affirmative action, ethnic studies, expansion of access to higher education, emergence of faculty unions) are threatened by social and political shifts toward conservatism. Senior, tenured faculty are challenged to use their privileged positions and the gains made in recent decades to…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Age Differences, Aging in Academia, Change Strategies
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Hutcheson, Philo – Thought & Action, 1997
Argues that higher education's response to change is resulting in the disappearance of tenure, and provides a bibliography of actual institutional and faculty decisions in relation to tenure since the mid-1970s. Focus is on six issues: changes in the meaning of tenure; management of tenure decisions; financial exigency or discomfort; faculty…
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, College Faculty, Diversity (Faculty), Educational Trends
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Emerick, Robert E. – Thought & Action, 1998
A study at San Diego State University (California) investigated the decision-making process in 388 cases of faculty reappointment, tenure, and promotion (RTP) over a period of five years. It examined the degree of support for RTP decisions at six different decision-making levels and in nine colleges, particularly when "no tenure/no…
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, College Administration, College Faculty, Decision Making
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Flanigan, Jackson L.; And Others – Thought & Action, 1995
The impact on college tenure and promotion practices of a Supreme Court decision, "University of Pennsylvania versus the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission," is discussed. The decision required the university to disclose confidential tenure files to the EEOC in the investigation of employment discrimination charges. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Administration, Confidential Records, Confidentiality, Court Litigation
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