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ERIC Number: ED528719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 320
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8018-9-1311
Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University
Neumann, Anna
Johns Hopkins University Press
Research, teaching, service, and public outreach--all are aspects of being a tenured professor. But this list of responsibilities is missing a central component: actual scholarly learning--disciplinary knowledge that faculty teach, explore in research, and share with the academic community. How do professors pursue such learning when they must give their attention as well to administrative and other obligations? "Professing to Learn" explores university professors' scholarly growth and learning in the years immediately following the award of tenure, a crucial period that has a lasting impact on the academic career. Some launch from this point to multiple accomplishments and accolades, while others falter, their academic pursuits stalled. What contributes to these different outcomes? Drawing on interviews with seventy-eight professors in diverse disciplines and fields at five major American research universities, Anna Neumann describes how tenured faculty shape and disseminate their own disciplinary knowledge while attending committee meetings, grading exams, holding office hours, administering programs and departments, and negotiating with colleagues. By exploring the intellectual activities pursued by these faculty and their ongoing efforts to develop and define their academic interests, "Professing to Learn" directs the attention of higher education professionals and policy makers to the core aim of higher education: the creation of academic knowledge through research, teaching, and service. This book contains the following chapters: (1) Into the Middle: Mapping the Early Post-Tenure Career in the Research University; (2) The Heart of the Matter: Passionate Thought and Scholarly Learning; (3) Mindwork; What and How Professors Strive to Learn; (4) Location; Where Professors Pursue Their Scholarly Learning; (5) Becoming Strategic: Recently Tenured University Professors as agents of Scholarly Learning "with Kimberley B. Pereira"; (6) Organizing to Learn: What Universities Provide for Professors' Scholarly Learning; and (7) The Middle Remapped: Toward an Ecology of Learning in the Early Post Tenure Career. Appended are: (1) Study Designs and Background Data; (2) Interview Protocols and Consent Forms for the "Four Universities Project."; and (3) Framework: University Professors' Scholarly Learning. Notes and a bibliography are included.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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