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The Academic Marketplace

reviewed by William Woodward - 2003

coverTitle: The Academic Marketplace
Author(s): Theodore Caplow and Reece J. McGee
Publisher: Transaction Publishing, Piscataway
ISBN: 0765806096, Pages: 262, Year: 2001
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Why would someone read, much less review, a book reporting on empirical research into the university conducted nearly 50 years ago?  After all, the authors conducted their “faculty mobility study” of why and how university faculty change jobs in 1954-56, before the advent of faculty unionization and its later demise under Yeshiva, and well before current recognition of the academic entrepreneur and “market based” approaches to higher education.  While the authors’ new introduction helps place the work into perspective, the research itself cannot, of course, be fresh enough to have continuing validity as science in 2002.  But the reasons to read the book in 2002 have little to do with science and far more to do with its place as literature (or even folklore) about the academy, and the questions it inadvertently raises about today’s scene.   The book is about the dynamics of faculty job changes in higher education — why faculty change jobs, why and how universities make hiring and termination decisions, etc.  In its simplicity and accessibility,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 73-77
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10885, Date Accessed: 2/27/2021 7:55:31 AM

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  • William Woodward
    Temple University
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    WILLIAM WOODWARD is Professor of Law, Temple University. Professor Woodward’s recent publications include "Neoformalism in a Real World of Forms" Wisconsin Law Review (2001, 971); "Contractual Choice of Law: Legislative Choice in an Era of Party Autonomy", 54 S.M.U. Law Review (2001, 697); and a book review of Lionel Lewis’s When Power Corrupts: Academic Governing Boards in the Shadow of the Adelphi Case, Academe (July - August, 2001). He has been President of the Temple University Faculty Senate and is currently a member of Committee T (Academic Governance) of the American Association of University Professors.
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