Shaping the American Faculty

Shaping the American Faculty

by Roger L. Geiger (Editor)


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Beginning in the twentieth century, American faculty increasingly viewed themselves as professionals who were more than mere employees. This volume focuses on key developments in the long process by which the American professoriate achieved tenure, academic freedom, and a voice in university governance.

Christian K. Anderson describes the formation of the original faculty senates. Zachary Haberler depicts the context of the founding and early activities of the American Association of University Professors. Richard F. Teichgraeber focuses on the ambiguity over promotion and tenure when James Conant became president of Harvard in 1933. In "Firing Larry Gara," Steve Taaffe relates how the chairman of the department of history and political science was abruptly fired at the behest of a powerful trustee. In the final chapter, Tom McCarthy provides an overview of the evolution of student affairs on campuses and indirectly illuminates an important negative feature of that evolution-the withdrawal of faculty from students' social and moral development.

This volume examines twentieth-century efforts by American academics to establish themselves as an independent constituency in America's colleges and universities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412856027
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: Perspectives on the History of Higher Education Series
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Roger L. Geiger is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University and editor of the Perspectives on the History of Higher Education series.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Professionalization of the American Faculty in the Twentieth Century
Roger L. Geiger

2. University Control: The Struggle for Faculty Governance in American Universities and the Creation of Faculty
Christian K. Anderson

3. The Role of Publicity in the Formation of the American Association of University Professors, 1913–1919
Zachary Haberler

4. The Arrival of "Up-or-Out" Tenure: James
B. Conant and the "Tempest at Harvard," 1936–1939
Richard F. Teichgraeber III

5. Firing Larry Gara: Grove City College, Due Process, and Institutional Autonomy
Stephen Taaffe

6. Developing the Whole Student: Edmund
G. Williamson, Psychologist-Administrators, and the Student Affairs Movement
Tom McCarthy

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