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, growingenrollments, increasingly diverse faculty appointments, and thecontinuous expansion of new technologies—are transforming thecareers of faculty.

Written for educators, administrators, policy makers, and anyoneelse concerned with the future of higher education, RethinkingFaculty Work shows how changes in higher education are transformingthe careers of faculty and provides a model that makes it possiblefor all faculty to be in a position to do their best. Thisimportant resource offers a vision of academic workplaces that willattract superb faculty committed to fulfilling the missions of theuniversities and colleges where they work.

Rethinking Faculty Work highlights an overall framework and fivekey elements that are essential to the work experience of allfaculty members—equity, academic freedom, flexibility,professional growth, and collegiality. Throughout the book, theauthors include recommendations for how colleges and universitiescan use the framework to rethink their academic workplaces.Illustrative examples show how to strengthen the five essentialelements in ways that are appropriate to a particular institution'sculture and needs and that ensure dynamic, supportive, andproductive institutional environments for everyone.

Rethinking Faculty Work presents strategic approaches to supportfaculty—who are indeed the heart of the universities andcolleges where they work—and the intellectual capital thatensures 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: 880,563
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith M. Gappa is professor of higher educationadministration at Purdue University where she served previously asvice president for human relations.

Ann E. Austin is the Mildred B. Erickson DistinguishedProfessor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at MichiganState University.

Andrea G. Trice is an independent consultant to collegesand 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 MeetDiverse 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 toAction.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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