ERIC Number: ED237004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Fifteen Years Down, Twenty-five to Go: A Look at Faculty Careers. AAHE-ERIC/Higher Education Research Currents, November 1983.
Shulman, Carol Herrnstadt
Approaches to develop a new understanding of academic careers are discussed. For many faculty members, a key issue is how to adjust their understanding of an ideal career to contemporary reality. During the 1970s, almost all of the professoriate saw its standard of living decline, a decline that stabilized by the early 1980s. Job mobility is seldom now a viable option. Under these conditions, tenured faculty may feel trapped at their institutions, and administrators also face a loss of flexibility in managing their tasks in the face of reduced funds. New information on adult development and new conditions for the academic profession have prompted efforts to revise the model of academic life established in the 1960s. The adult years are now seen as dynamic and marked by changes that can be anticipated and identified by age, activities, interests, and psychological development. Recent thinking about careers stresses the need for progression, for changed roles and responsibilities. In addition to the common suggestion to promote teaching as an honorable calling, approaches to providing variety in the academic career include: providing opportunities for different types of teaching assignments, involvement in professional activities, special endeavors in research or curriculum development, and replacing tenure with a different evaluation system. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Career Ladders, College Faculty, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Retrenchment, Scholarship, Teacher Morale, Teacher Responsibility, Teaching (Occupation)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.