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ERIC Number: EJ1195424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
A New Vision for the Professoriate
Kezar, Adrianna
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v50 n3-4 p84-87 2018
For several decades, there has been increasing criticism, first of the tenure track system and now at the rise in adjunct and non-tenure track faculty. Few believe the professoriate is organized in ways to meet institutional missions, deliver educational quality, or meet the goals of student success. The critiques suggest that tenure-track models overemphasize a very narrow definition of research, discount the importance of teaching and education, and do not encourage or provide accountability for quality teaching or improvement of teaching. Most higher education institutions are focused on education rather than research, and they are staffed by professionals without the socialization, priorities, and experience to be educators. Maintaining tenure track positions can commit institutions to lifetime wages and to fields of study where enrollments may barely exist. Without significantly shifting the tenure model, the traditional emphasis on research; a narrow view of scholarship; devaluation of teaching; and lack of accountability to improve as an educator over time; the current model will continue to fail to support quality education or student success. The critiques of the adjunct model are even more significant than those of the tenure-track model. While the original purpose of adjuncts has a place in academe, the massive expansion does not. This article maintains that higher education can move past these two models. The article describes a research project in which a survey was developed about potential aspects of faculty roles based on the literature on faculty models. The consensus model described as a result of the research can guide institutions in guaranteeing that new faculty roles are oriented around the goals of the higher education enterprise while individual campuses flesh out the details of what the new faculty will look like in their particular contexts. It also ensures that while there will be some variation based on institutional mission or local context, there are some shared or agreed directions across the enterprise for new faculty models. Not only does consensus exist for a new faculty model but institutions across the country are beginning to work to help bring this consensus to reality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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