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ERIC Number: ED294465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Graying of the Professoriate. Occasional Paper No. 9.
Chronister, Jay L.
Issues concerning an aging faculty are discussed, including faculty vitality and quality in an era of institutional constraints and limited career opportunities, restricted mobility of faculty between institutions, and limited recruitment of young faculty. Perspectives of the faculty and their institutions about these issues are outlined, and change strategies are proposed. The historical context since the 1950s that contributed to these conditions is traced. Because a large proportion of U.S. faculty members is young, replacement needs for faculty will be low. The majority of faculty in four-year institutions are tenured so that there is a long-term cost commitment and reduced staffing flexibility. Economic conditions have placed college faculties in an increasingly distressed economic status. The preparation and interest of college faculty is highly specialized by subdiscipline and field of inquiry. Issues posed by these conditions for the professoriate and for their institutions are detailed, and responses to the issues are proposed. Most of the strategies are designed to: (1) increase the rate of turnover in positions held by tenured faculty with emphasis on the more senior persons, and (2) control the tenure process. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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