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The Missing Professor: An Academic Mystery

reviewed by Mark Morton - September 06, 2006

coverTitle: The Missing Professor: An Academic Mystery
Author(s): Thomas B. Jones
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, Sterling, VA
ISBN: 1579221386 , Pages: 144, Year: 2005
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Look at its front cover, and you’ll see that The Missing Professor by Thomas B. Jones is subtitled “an academic mystery”; flip the book upside-down, glance at its back cover, and you’ll see that it’s described as a collection of “informal case studies/discussion stories for faculty development, new faculty orientation, and campus conversations.” This bifurcation is in fact the book’s premise (or gimmick). When read casually, it’s the story of Nicole Adams, a recent Ph.D. who has accepted her first faculty position at Higher State University in Iowa, an institution plagued with problems ranging from the threatened loss of accreditation, financial mismanagement, a Dean who serves cannabis-laced brownies to his faculty, and a professor who goes missing the day that Nicole arrives on campus. However, when approached more reflectively, the tale becomes a catalyst for serious discussion as its chapters comment on issues that will be familiar to faculty at... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 06, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12703, Date Accessed: 6/15/2021 2:54:00 PM

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  • Mark Morton
    University of Waterloo
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    MARK MORTON is the Instructional Program Manager at the Center for Learning and Teaching Through Technology at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario. Prior to becoming a Faculty Developer, he taught English Literature at the University of Winnipeg for 12 years.
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