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Understanding the New Majority of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Higher Education Demographics, Experiences, and Plans of Action

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ISBN-10: 1118002660

ISBN-13: 9781118002667

Edition: 4th 2010

Authors: AEHE Staff, Adrianna J. Kezar, Cecile Sam

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The American faculty is changing. Approximately 65 percent of all faculty appointments being made are now nontenure track. Despite these changes, many higher education institutions still operate as though tenure-track faculty are the norm and that non-tenure-track faculty are a supplementary workforce. This monograph provides an overview of the literature and research on non-tenure-track faculty. Who are these faculty members? What are their experiences? What does this situation mean for undergraduate instruction and students? What is the role of tenure in higher education? How did higher education attain this majority of non-tenure-track employees? Where does higher education go from here? The research focuses on the demographics of non-tenure-track faculty, differences by discipline and institutional types, historical developments, experiences of non-tenure-track faculty, and the experiences and outcomes of non-tenure-track faculty compared with those of tenured or tenure-track faculty. Administrators and faculty can make better-informed decisions about staffing if they have some understanding about trends and research and the impact of non-tenure-track faculty on institutional outcomes. This is the fourth issue in the 36th volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph in the series is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education problem, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.
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Book details

Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Executive Summary
Introduction and Overview
Need for the Monograph
Purpose and Audience
Background: Understanding the Conflicting Research
Introduction to the Players: Groups Studying Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Organization of the Monograph
Portrait of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Trends in Part-Time and Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Historical Developments
The Demand for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Typologies and Titles of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Data and Trends Related to Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Experiences of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Working Conditions
Perspective on Faculty Life
Upsides of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Work
Concerns and Unmet Expectations
Plans of Action and Promising Policies
Broad Recommendations for Future Directions
Promising Practices and Policies for Professionalizing Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Context-Based Examples of the Professionalization of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
How Do We Accomplish These Changes and Ensure Intentionality?
Conclusions for Practice and Suggestions for Further Research
Overall Conclusions and Implications
Future Research
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Authors