ERIC Number: ED424820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Off the Tenure Track: Six Models for Full-Time Nontenurable Appointments. New Pathways: Faculty Career and Employment for the 21st Century Working Paper Series, Inquiry #10.
Gappa, Judith M.
This paper, one in a series about the priorities of the professoriate, explores several alternatives to tenure for faculty and institutions. Data for the study was drawn from a series of site visits to seven institutions during winter/spring 1995-96. Seventy-one interviews were conducted with administrators, senior faculty, and full-time nontenured faculty. The first part of the paper discusses six models for full-time nontenurable appointments currently being used by colleges and universities, recording both faculty and administrator perceptions of how well the models work at the respective institutions. The models are: teaching appointments, professors of practice, research professors, distinguished senior lecturers, limited tenure situations, and integrated tenurable and nontenurable tracks in medical schools. The second part of the paper deals with the key themes underlying new employment options, including campus climate, culture, history, traditions, and tenured faculty attitudes. Also noted are questions relating to the status and integration of nontenurable faculty, job security, academic freedom, and career development and career paths. The paper concludes that while tenure will continue to exist, it will be only one among a series of career paths available to faculty as full-time nontenurable alternatives become more attractive to institutions and individuals. (Contains 14 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Academic Rank (Professional), Career Development, Career Ladders, College Faculty, Contracts, Educational Environment, Employment Practices, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Medical Schools, Nontenured Faculty, Organizational Climate, Part Time Faculty, Performance Contracts, Professional Autonomy, Quality of Working Life, Research Universities, Teacher Recruitment, Tenure, Tenured Faculty, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see HE 031 666-678.