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ERIC Number: EJ779183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
The New Generation of American Scholars
Gonzalez, Cristina; Nemeier, Debbie A.; Navrotsky, Alexandra
Academe, v89 n4 p56-61 Jul-Aug 2003
About ten or fifteen years ago, faculty search committees began to report that many of the newly minted Ph.D.'s they were trying to recruit had written dissertations crossing disciplinary boundaries in significant ways. When invited for campus interviews, these candidates asked to visit departments other than those doing the hiring. When offered jobs, they sought assurances that working across disciplinary lines would be facilitated. These young scholars' views about the university and their place in it were different from those of most senior faculty. Rather than being firmly anchored to a department, intellectually and socially, this new generation of scholars wanted to circulate more freely and to collaborate much more with faculty from other departments than many of their senior colleagues. These scholars tend to monitor major disciplinary advances in other fields as a way of identifying new tools of discovery to bring into their own fields. In this article, the authors suggest universities to accommodate the interests of these scholars in the broader problems as they are trying to address and incorporate their interdisciplinary desires. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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