What Ever Happened to the Faculty?
Drift and Decision in Higher Education
Burgan evokes the pervasive atmosphere of charge and counter-charge on U.S. campuses, where competition trumps reason not only in athletics but also in research, faculty recruitment, and fund-raising. Relating this "winner-take-all" mentality to the overspecialization of faculty and to overreliance on non-tenure track instructors, Burgan suggests that improving life on campus depends on faculty members' successful engagement with their administrative colleagues as well as their students.
Informed by experience, fueled by conviction, and full of practical, strategic advice for the future, What Ever Happened to the Faculty? is an excellent resource for administrators and faculty who are eager to change the tone and trajectory of contemporary higher education.
About the Author
"Burgan has a gift for telling stories and offering reasonable arguments in an engaging, compelling way."—Gary Rhoades, Thought and Action
"Full of interesting anecdotes and personal experience."—John E. R. Staddon, Academic Questions
"An important book in understanding how the traditional rights and responsibilities of university faculty have been eroded . . . Burgan's wide experience makes her particularly effective in developing her argument."—Susan Gushee O'Malley, Radical Teacher
"Her extensive academic and administrative background informs this insightful examination of the declining faculty influence in campus affairs and, more broadly, higher education."—W. Bede Mitchell, College and Research Libraries
"Mary Burgan has provided us with a wake-up call about the responsibilities of the professoriate and has given us practical lessons for exercising those responsibilities. We would be wise to heed her advice."—Academe
"Mary Burgan's fresh look at campus governance provides a ray of hope for the future of the faculty's role in higher education. She draws effectively from her own university experience plus her leadership in the AAUP to show how both old and new customs in academic life can be substantive in the 21st century. This book will help higher education become a brave, new world in the best sense."—John R. Thelin, author of A History of American Higher Education
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