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ERIC Number: EJ807073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Faculty in the U.S. Community College: Corporate Labour
Levin, John S.
Management in Education, v19 n3 p8-11 2005
Community college faculty are a major labour force in the U.S. and constitute one-third of all postsecondary education faculty. As a labour force, community college faculty epitomize professional work in the new economy and the post-bureaucratic organization: they are predominantly temporary or part-time; the majority bargain collectively for a restricted compensation package; they are not only influenced but also structured in their work by new technologies; and, they are agents of a corporate ideology that arguably makes them instruments and not autonomous professionals at all. In the context of the new economy, faculty work and faculty identity can be viewed as not only highly managed (Rhoades, 1998) but also corporatized. The author examined this condition during the late 1990s and early 2000s in the U.S. community college, identifying the perceptions of faculty and administrators. He identified three overall themes in the data collected from his interviews with approximately 180 faculty and administrators in three colleges in three states. The themes are: (1) business-like and market-oriented behaviors of the community college; (2) managerialism occupying a central place in the community college; and (3) new institutional context for the community college. The findings suggest that not only is there significant change in the community college from the institution described and characterized by scholars and practitioners since the 1960s but also there is a marked shift in the work of faculty as a consequence of institutional alterations. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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