ERIC Number: EJ920217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
Cooper, Kenneth J.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n20 p16-17 Nov 2010
Recession reduces job opportunities in the professoriate, particularly in areas where minorities are clustered. It's a tough time to want to be a professor or try to climb the faculty ranks, particularly for minority faculty, as Dr. Christopher Tudico, a Mexican-American, and others are finding. The recession and its go-slow recovery have cut the number of job openings on faculties, as colleges and universities rebalance budgets to cope with cuts in state aid or declines in their investment portfolios. Many senior professors are staying put while they wait for retirement accounts to recover lost value. If they choose to retire, some are not being replaced--or not with another tenured professor. The humanities and social sciences, where minorities (except Asians) are clustered, have been struck hardest by the jobs crunch. The latest reports from the national associations of eight academic disciplines show the drop in the numbers of teaching jobs advertised in those fields averages slightly more than 30 percent. The reductions range from 19 percent for economics to 39 percent for foreign languages. The decline in jobs threatens to reverse the hiring gains of minority faculty, who accounted for 17 percent of faculty positions in 2007, up from 13 percent in 1997, according to the American Council on Education's 2010 Minorities in Higher Education report. That same study documents a growth in minority student enrollment, with students of color accounting for 30 percent of the student body. The bad economy has continued and accelerated a long-term trend away from granting tenure and toward hiring part-time adjuncts to share teaching loads.
Descriptors: State Aid, Personnel Selection, Teaching Load, Employment Opportunities, Enrollment, College Faculty, Teacher Selection, Labor Turnover, Personnel Policy, Adjunct Faculty, Minority Group Students, Minority Groups, Budgets, Economic Climate, Teaching (Occupation)
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