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Thomas H. PowellI fell in love with this book in 1988 and have re-read it often. I always view it as a brief retreat, as if returning to a friend who will give you advice that you know is good and true. Over the years I have made it my tradition to give this as a gift to new faculty, deans and Trustees. I am thrilled that it is now in the 25th anniversary edition. It will continue to grace the book collections of essential reading of my friends and colleagues.
This is the book I wish I had when I started my academic career. In a cogent and well written manner, Dr. Cahn gets to the heart of our profession, reviewing our major responsibilities to our students, colleagues and society. His experience as a provost and professor provide numerous real-life challenges for those of us who toil in the fields of academia. The simple truth is that we are engaged in a multifarious endeavor as we balance competing needs and agendas. Dr. Cahn gently, but with firm conviction, helps us deal with the complexity of our duties through a review of the axioms of the profession and our ethical responsibilities. Although I have never met Dr. Cahn, through this book he has been a good mentor.