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The Changing Academic Market: General Trends and a Berkeley Case Study


reviewed by Emily K. Abel 1980

coverTitle: The Changing Academic Market: General Trends and a Berkeley Case Study
Author(s): Neil Smelser, Robin Content
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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During the past decade, increasing attention has been focused on the academic appointments process. As the job crisis in higher education has intensified, many candidates have begun to realize that their sole chance of utilizing their skills and training may rest on their selection for a particular faculty position. In addition, women and minorities have challenged the typical recruitment process, pointing out the discriminatory elements that are built into it. In The Changing Academic Market, Neil Smelser and Robin Content describe the hiring of three new faculty members in the Berkeley Department of Sociology during the academic year 1975-1976. They attempt both to assuage some of the anxiety of applicants by explaining how search committees operate and to demonstrate that academic departments are committed to equitable treatment of all candidates. The second goal must have been particularly pressing. During the mid-seventies, Berkeley was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 82 Number 2, 1980, p. 357-363
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1016, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 1:39:59 AM

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  • Emily Abel
    California State University, Long Beach
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    Emily K. Abel teaches Women's Studies at California State University, Long Beach. She has published articles in the fields of British history and higher education and is currently writing a book on unemployed and underemployed academics.
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