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Promotion and Tenure: Community and Socialization in Academe


reviewed by Robert T. Blackburn 1997

coverTitle: Promotion and Tenure: Community and Socialization in Academe
Author(s): William Tierney and Estela Bensimon
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791429784, Pages: 161, Year: 1996
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This little book deals with an important and controversial issue. Its title, however, misleads the reader. The book is not directly about promotion and tenure. Rather, it deals with junior faculty, from the launching of their careers to their departure or their acquisition of tenure. (American Association of University Professors [AAUP] publications use the term "probationary.") One might better label this book the need far communities of difference and the anticipatory and organizational socialization of beginning faculty (p.140). Tierney and Bensimon's mission is to change today's academic culture for the sake of assistant professors—especially for women faculty and faculty of color—by refining and restructuring the promotion and tenure process (p. 129). Tierney and Bensimon interviewed 202 assistant professors in 12 different institutions varying in Carnegie type (but no community colleges), kind of control (public or private), and student body size. Seventy percent were white and 60 percent were in liberal arts and science departments (Appendix A, pp. 149-50). The short interview schedule is in Appendix B (pp. 151-52).... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 4, 1997, p. 740-743
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9651, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 3:25:05 AM

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