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Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University


reviewed by Susan Gardner October 19, 2009

coverTitle: Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University
Author(s): Anna Neumann
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801891310, Pages: 320, Year: 2009
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In her book, Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University, Anna Neumann offers a new perspective on the faculty career, focusing on the little understood period of development of recently tenured faculty. Specifically, Neumann provides an intimate glimpse into the scholarly lives of 78 faculty members at five universities in the immediate years following their tenure and promotion to associate professor. Building on the work of scholars such as Baldwin and Boyer, Neumann focuses on what she terms the “scholarly learning” of these early mid-career faculty, providing a better understanding of how the roles of teaching, scholarship, and service inform one another and provide a rich and holistic basis for post-tenure faculty life. In the seven chapters of the book, Neumann presents the perspectives of a diverse group of faculty members who attest to their commitment but also their surprise at this new turning point... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 19, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15807, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 3:54:40 PM

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    University of Maine
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    DR. SUSAN GARDNER'S research interests focus on the intersections of the individual with organizational dynamics. Her recent work has focused primarily on doctoral student socialization and success with more current projects focused on faculty socialization to disciplinary norms and women faculty experiences in underrepresented fields.
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