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June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
A growing proportion of the nation's professors are at the same point in their career: still working, but with the end of their careers in sight. Their tendency to remain on the job as long as their work is enjoyable--or, during economic downturns, long enough to make sure they have enough money to live on in retirement--has led the professoriate…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Retirement, Expertise, Aging (Individuals)
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author reports on the academic job market that is showing signs of turning around after a multiyear slump. Job-outlook data released by professional associations in recent months show an uptick in the number of jobs available in several fields, including history, the humanities and foreign languages, sociology, geography, and political…
Descriptors: Tenure, Job Search Methods, Labor Market, Professional Associations
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
When professors in positions that offer no chance of earning tenure begin to stack the faculty, campus dynamics start to change. Growing numbers of adjuncts make themselves more visible. They push for roles in governance, better pay and working conditions, and recognition for work well done. And they do so at institutions where tenured faculty,…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Job Security, English Departments
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Faculty pay has been battered by the deepening national recession, but one cannot tell that from the American Association of University Professors' new annual report on the economic status of the profession. The average salary of a full-time faculty member rose 3.4% in 2008-2009, it says, a rate well above inflation. That would be good news, but…
Descriptors: Salaries, Economic Climate, College Faculty, Tenure
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
A college's first line of defense against employees' making insinuating remarks, unwanted sexual advances, or requests for sexual favors is often about an hour of online sensitivity training. Some people, however, wonder if that line is strong enough. According to a 2006 survey of undergraduate students by the American Association of University…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Sexual Harassment, Sensitivity Training, Faculty
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Greensboro College has many of the intimate hallmarks of a small, private, liberal-arts college. Professors give their cellphone numbers to students and routinely provide extra help to those who need it. Classes at the North Carolina institution average 14 people. One of the students featured on the college Web site is a biology major who plays on…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Job Layoff, Institutional Survival, Retrenchment
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Worries about a partner's finding a job are a major reason why colleges lose faculty and professional-staff recruits. Some institutions have hired people to focus largely on nonfaculty job searches. (Finding faculty jobs for spouses or partners is a more complex negotiation with the university.) But as the economy continues to dip into uncharted…
Descriptors: Spouses, Tenure, Consultants, Job Search Methods
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Scholars who teach composition, a staple on the schedule of many a college freshman, often wind up stringing together a series of adjunct teaching jobs while keeping an eye out for that first step on the golden track to tenure. This article reports on a group of 20 people hired by St. John's University to teach in its first-year writing program,…
Descriptors: Tenure, Freshman Composition, College Faculty, Personnel Policy
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
According to new research, aspiring professors' negative view of faculty life at top research institutions is common: the large study of the University of California's graduate students revealed that less than half perceive major research institutions to be family-friendly workplaces for tenure-track professors. About 8,400 Ph.D. students from…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Research Universities, Career Choice, Occupational Aspiration
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Keith Hoeller is an adjunct professor. He teaches philosophy for a living at Green River Community College, just outside Seattle. He has also spent much of the last two decades ruminating about the bigger picture for those at his level of the professorial pecking order. Over the years, Hoeller has lobbied relentlessly for adjunct-friendly…
Descriptors: Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Salary Wage Differentials, Retirement Benefits, Adjunct Faculty
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Public colleges and universities are girding themselves to win the war for tenured talent. Some are succeeding. State budget woes and a rocky economy have shaken public colleges and universities. One of the most noticeable shudders has been a pervasive "brain drain," as many state institutions face competition for their best faculty members from…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Colleges, Brain Drain, Department Heads
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Almost two years ago, Boise State University instituted a workload policy that worried some faculty members. Its basis is an algebraic-seeming formula with components--"teaching: 6 + x; scholarship: 2 + y; service: 2 + z"--that critics found difficult to believe could provide the flexibility that administrators promised. Some professors thought…
Descriptors: Research Universities, College Faculty, Faculty Workload, Faculty Evaluation
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Graduate students face an array of choices when evaluating compensation-and-benefits packages that make comparisons difficult. A "Chronicle" survey shows that the offers to teaching assistants and research assistants vary widely. Some institutions cover 100 percent of graduate students' tuition, while others waive only a portion. It is possible to…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Student Employment
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
With the academic year just under way, many junior faculty members in search of much-needed advice and guidance have begun to make critical connections with senior colleagues. Departmental pairings are the most standard form of faculty mentoring, as is the practice of newly minted professors' tapping colleagues on their own to answer questions…
Descriptors: Mentors, College Faculty, Tenure, Nontenured Faculty
June, Audrey Williams – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
In the publish-or-perish world of colleges and universities, writing is incredibly important because without published work professors do not get promoted and never earn tenure. Some are turning to outsiders called faculty coaches to help them overcome this career killer. Faculty coaches, often clinical psychologists, focus on helping professors…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Career Guidance, Tenure, Counselors
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