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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
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Although the percentage of female authors is still less than women's overall representation within the full-time faculty ranks, researchers found that the proportion has increased as more women have entered the professoriate. They also found that women cluster into certain subfields and are somewhat underrepresented in the prestigious position of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Publishing, Academic Discourse, Periodicals
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
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Life as an associate professor with tenure can be even more isolating and overwhelming than being an assistant professor on the tenure track. The path to achieving what amounts to higher education's golden ring is well marked and includes guidance from more-experienced peers. But once a professor earns tenure, that guidance disappears, the amount…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Tenure, Grants, College Faculty
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
While most of the national focus following charges of child sex abuse at Pennsylvania State University has centered on its coaches and administrators, the scandal has reached deep into the professoriate as well. Responding to constant questions has taken an emotional toll on the university's faculty members, who have been asked by neighbors,…
Descriptors: Governing Boards, College Faculty, College Administration, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The number of colleges freezing faculty hiring seems to grow each week. Yet some institutions are going against the grain of the poor economy and appointing new professors. This decision has given those campuses an edge, yielding top-quality candidates who might not have been within reach in a more-competitive job market. In the nation's few flush…
Descriptors: Universities, Personnel Selection, Labor Market, Faculty
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
This article reports that a five-year stretch of steady growth in the job market for academic historians is over. The number of job advertisements colleges have posted with the American Historical Association so far this academic year is down 15 percent from last year--the first decline since a slump that occurred in 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. The…
Descriptors: Labor Market, Historians, Employment Opportunities, Occupational Surveys
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The author reports that tough economic times are leading administrators to propose changes that short-circuit faculty governance, long a prized principle that gives professors wide-ranging authority over educational matters. The results, faculty members say, are hastily conceived plans that reorganize academic programs, decrease professors' roles…
Descriptors: Governance, College Governing Councils, College Faculty, Teacher Role
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In this article, the author examines the issue of student debt. Despite tales of gargantuan student debt burdens for some college graduates, studies show that most students borrow sensibly, pay it back, and are better off for having gone to college. But for a vocal minority of borrowers, problems with student-loan debt are very real. About 8…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Student Loan Programs, Debt (Financial), Context Effect
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
This article describes the work-life benefits Gettysburg College offers its employees. 400 of Gettysburg's 725 full-time employees participate in the college's wellness program. About half of them stick with it long enough to earn discounts of up to $500 a year on their health-insurance premiums. The wellness program--which includes free on-campus…
Descriptors: Wellness, Fringe Benefits, Health Insurance, Employee Assistance Programs
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
By academic standards, Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum has it made. She is a full professor of bioengineering at Rice University, runs a thriving cancer-research laboratory, and is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. But with four children at home, she sometimes feels like an academic outcast. In fact, Ms. Richards-Kortum says…
Descriptors: Women Faculty, Females, Womens Education, Womens Studies
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The Jones Theatre at Washington State University is getting a $500,000 face-lift this summer. A construction crew has already ripped out its 500 orange and blue seats and is replacing them with new ones covered in a wine-colored fabric. The theater's walls are being painted a light beige, and a new set of black velour curtains will grace the…
Descriptors: Operating Expenses, College Faculty, Program Termination, Job Layoff
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Sexual harassment broke into the national consciousness in 1991, when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas--then a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court--of having made sexually inappropriate comments to her. The controversy spawned a flood of charges nationwide, including on college campuses. Since then colleges have tried to stem harassment with…
Descriptors: Sexual Harassment, College Faculty, College Students, Teacher Student Relationship
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
The University of California campuses are among a small but growing number of research universities adopting new policies--or reinvigorating old ones--that allow tenure-track and tenured professors to work part time. Typically, professors interested in scaling back their work want more time to care for young children, a sick relative, or an aging…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Part Time Faculty, Research Universities, College Faculty
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Results of a new survey of family-friendly benefits by the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor show that stopping the tenure clock has become the most common family-friendly benefit in higher education, following paid maternity leave. Other family-friendly policies that top the list in academe allow…
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, Fringe Benefits, Personnel Policy, School Surveys
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