Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's Strategic Imperative / Edition 1

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Profound challenges in higher education—fiscal constraints, escalating competition, demands for greater accountability, growing enrollments, increasingly diverse faculty appointments, and the continuous expansion of new technologies—are transforming the careers of faculty.

Written for educators, administrators, policy makers, and anyone else concerned with the future of higher education, Rethinking Faculty Work shows how changes in higher education are transforming the careers of faculty and provides a model that makes it possible for all faculty to be in a position to do their best. This important resource offers a vision of academic workplaces that will attract superb faculty committed to fulfilling the missions of the universities and colleges where they work.

Rethinking Faculty Work highlights an overall framework and five key elements that are essential to the work experience of all faculty members—equity, academic freedom, flexibility, professional growth, and collegiality. Throughout the book, the authors include recommendations for how colleges and universities can use the framework to rethink their academic workplaces. Illustrative examples show how to strengthen the five essential elements in ways that are appropriate to a particular institution's culture and needs and that ensure dynamic, supportive, and productive institutional environments for everyone.

Rethinking Faculty Work presents strategic approaches to support faculty—who are indeed the heart of the universities and colleges where they work—and the intellectual capital that ensures their excellence.

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Editorial Reviews

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"an exceptionally lucid analysis of the gap that has opened up between academic careers in the golden age and the reality of faculty appointments today." (Change, Sept/Oct)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787966133
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 735,888
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith M. Gappa is professor of higher education administration at Purdue University where she served previously as vice president for human relations.

Ann E. Austin is the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University.

Andrea G. Trice is an independent consultant to colleges and universities and a former faculty member and administrator.

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Table of Contents


About the Authors.


1. The Changing Context for Faculty Work and Workplaces.

2. Trends in the National Workplace.

3. Faculty Appointments and Faculty Members: Diversification, Growth, and Diversity.

4. The Academic Profession Today: Diverse Appointments to Meet Diverse Needs.

5. Attracting and Retaining Excellent Faculty.


6. The Framework of Essential Elements.

7. Respect: The Foundation for the Essential Elements.

8. Shared Responsibility and Joint Leadership.


9. Equity in Academic Appointments.

10. Academic Freedom.

11. Ensuring Flexibility in Academic Appointments.

12. Professional Growth.

13. Collegiality.

14. Why Rethink Faculty Work and Workplaces? A Call to Action.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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