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Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Higher Education Theories and Tensions

ISBN-10: 1118014057

ISBN-13: 9781118014059

Edition: 5th 2010

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

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American faculty are changing. Approximately 65 percent of all faculty now being appointed are nontenure track. Despite these changes, many higher education institutions still operate as though tenure-track faculty are the norm and non-tenure-track faculty are a supplementary workforce. This monograph highlights practical and empirical tensions, reviewing theories and frameworks that have been applied to the study of non-tenure-track faculty in an attempt to better understand their emergence, experience, and outcomes. It also reviews the literature about key tensions that emerge because of the development of this new group of faculty: Is tenure still relevant and important? Can tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty find shared interests to collectively create change? Can non-tenure-track faculty overcome competition that prevents them from working together meaningfully? Why is the research on the institutional and student impacts of non-tenure-track faculty so mixed? Does empirical research address stereotypes about non-tenure-track faculty and how can it be spread more widely to imporve institutional decision making? What future research is needed to guide policy? As a guide to the trends and research in non-tenure track faculty, this is an invaluable review for administrators and faculty who want to make better-informed decisions about staffing. This is the fifth 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: 5th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 2/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.90" wide x 9.00" long x 0.30" tall
Weight: 0.418
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
Theories Used to Study and Understand Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Economic Theories
Sociological Theories
Psychological and Social Psychological Theories
Organizational Theory
Labor Relations Theory
Ideological Tensions
Practical Tensions
Empirical Tensions
Conclusions and Suggestions for Further Research
Overall Conclusions and Implications
Future Research
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Authors