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Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The academic job market is overcrowded, but departments are hiring, and each year thousands of graduate students and other candidates will get phone calls offering them tenure-track positions. It is typically a moment of mutual giddiness. The department heads are excited at the prospect of a terrific new colleague; the job applicants now know that…
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, Graduate Students, Labor Market, Job Applicants
Dunn, Sydni – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In a tight job market, visiting professorships can be appealing way stations for new Ph.D.'s while they search for permanent posts. Unlike adjunct positions, which are often renewed semester by semester, visiting professorships are set by annual or even multiyear contracts, with most capped at three years. The visiting jobs often come with health…
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Labor Market, Higher Education, College Faculty
Rogers, Jenny – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
For years, faculty members have pointed to the sluggish growth in the number of tenured professors and complained that university payrolls are filled with too many administrators. This, they maintain, adds unnecessary costs and takes the focus away from teaching and learning. But whether such "administrative bloat" is really occurring and how much…
Descriptors: Tenure, College Faculty, College Administration, Administrators
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Independent scholars are a growing part of the academic landscape. They may have been jilted by the academic job market, or are uninterested in either being on the tenure track or in cobbling together full-time work as adjuncts. Like traditional professors, they perform research, secure grants, and publish books and papers. In some cases, their…
Descriptors: Credentials, Academic Freedom, College Faculty, Tenure
Berube, Michael – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Graduate education in the humanities is in crisis. Every aspect, from the most specific details of the curriculum to the broadest questions about its purpose, is in crisis. It is a seamless garment of crisis: If one pulls on any one thread, the entire thing unravels. It is therefore exceptionally difficult to discuss any one aspect of graduate…
Descriptors: Time to Degree, College Faculty, Tenure, College Instruction
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The University of Maryland at College Park is poised to embark on an unprecedented effort to improve the conditions of its faculty members who are off the tenure track. The campus's University Senate, which represents faculty members, administrators, students, and staff members, is scheduled to vote on an internal task-force report that…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, College Governing Councils, Job Security
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The academic work force has been transformed over the past several decades, less by design than out of expediency. In 1969, professors who were either tenured or tenure-track made up 78 percent of the faculty. Those working part time made up only 18.5 percent. By 2009, those proportions had almost flipped, with tenured and tenure-track making up…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, College Faculty, Tenure, Doctoral Degrees
Rogers, Jenny – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
In the long-running debate over how many administrators are too many, two economic researchers believe they have identified an ideal ratio. For colleges to operate most effectively, they say, each institution should employ three tenured or tenure-track faculty for every one full-time administrator. What the ratio is now is difficult to say, though…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Governance, Personnel Selection
Onwuachi-Willig, Angela – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
For an untenured faculty member, perception is everything. For outsiders, such as women of color, the task of negotiating and performing identity can prove rather burdensome because of the need to counter negative stereotypes based on race, gender, and class. For many junior faculty members, a recurring conflict is the longstanding tension between…
Descriptors: Women Faculty, Minority Group Teachers, College Faculty, Tenure
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The number of conversations about doctoral education and the chancy academic job market has reached saturation. Everyone agrees people need more transparency, more realism: Getting a Ph.D. is no guarantee of permanent full-time employment in higher education. In this article, the author turns to a variable in obtaining tenure-track or full-time…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Labor Market, Doctoral Degrees, College Faculty
Jenkins, Rob – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Facing a cutthroat academic job market, many doctoral students are now willing to explore the possibility of a community-college career. And they have many questions. In Part 1 of this series, the author focused on the hiring process at two-year colleges and answered some common questions like "Do I have to have a Ph.D. to teach in that sector?"…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduate Students, Labor Market, Doctoral Degrees
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
If a person managed to finish his work--whether it was research, teaching, or service--on time and in the correct format, he would have a huge competitive advantage over many of his peers. Procrastination is not always bad: Sometimes the work one puts off doing is better left undone. And sometimes the best ideas just come late. But perennially…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Doctoral Programs, Tenure, Time Management
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
On the road to producing the best possible work, one encounters dead ends and speed traps that are difficult to avoid because they are disguised as promising, rewarding, or helpful. In this series on "good deeds" that can backfire in one's career, the author does not challenge the virtue of doing good deeds, in theory or in practice. However, some…
Descriptors: Research, Scholarship, College Faculty, Tenure
Berrett, Dan – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Scholarly groups have long served as hubs of academic life and the embodiments of their disciplines, but they face uncertain and divergent futures. Some disciplinary associations are struggling to remain relevant and financially viable as demographic and technological changes threaten their traditional sources of revenue. The core of their…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Tenure, Group Membership, Faculty Organizations
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
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