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ERIC Number: EJ832768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Protecting the Passion of Scholars in Times of Change
Neumann, Anna
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v41 n2 p10-15 Mar-Apr 2009
The author explored questions about personal meaning in professors' careers and in their scholarly subjects through a three-year study of 40 recently tenured university professors at four U.S. universities--faculty who spanned a wide diversity of fields: arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, and applied and professional fields. The author probed how these professors chose the topics they came to call their own, what those topics meant to them, and how they struggled to find room to pursue them in post-tenure lives and careers that left little room for the work they loved. The scholars she interviewed, all one to five years post-tenure, chose the academic career out of a deep desire to understand the subjects of study that beckoned to them through the rigors of graduate training, the challenges and insecurities of the pre-tenure years, the "big test" of the tenure review, and often post-tenure workloads and campus cultures that did not support the scholarly learning that meant a great deal to them intellectually and personally. In order to provide a nuanced sense of what defines scholarly commitment, the author offers in this article an extended set of comments from an interview with Richard Marin (pseudonym), a newly tenured associate professor of physics at Hope State University (pseudonym), an urban public research university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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