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What Ever Happened to the Faculty?: Drift and Decision in Higher Education


reviewed by KerryAnn O’Meara, Jill Jones, Erin Knepler & Natalie Pullaro - November 02, 2009

coverTitle: What Ever Happened to the Faculty?: Drift and Decision in Higher Education
Author(s): Mary Burgan
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801892163, Pages: 272, Year: 2009
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This provocative and important book examines the deterioration of faculty influence in higher education and makes persuasive arguments for why higher education needs faculty back at the table. It is written from a unique perch, as Mary Burgan is former General Secretary of the American Association of University Professors, a Professor of English emeriti at Indiana University-Bloomington and has also served in several administrative roles. While Burgan observes that she writes primarily from the perspective of a faculty member, it is clear her arguments are strengthened and informed from having sat in faculty, administrator, and association policy-making roles.  It is from years of experience in these roles that she makes several key points throughout the book’s chapters. Her first point is that there have been major shifts among the faculty away from teaching and service, especially among tenure track faculty. A second point is that as state support has waned... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 02, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15817, Date Accessed: 9/18/2019 4:33:45 PM

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  • KerryAnn O’Meara
    University of Maryland College Park
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    KERRYANN O'MEARA is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Maryland College Park.
  • Jill Jones
    University of Maryland College Park
    JILL JONES is a MA student in the Higher Education program at the University of Maryland College Park.
  • Erin Knepler
    University of Maryland College Park
    ERIN KNEPLER is a doctoral student in the Higher Education program at the University of Maryland College Park.
  • Natalie Pullaro
    University of Maryland College Park
    NATALIE PULLARO is a doctoral student in the Higher Education program at the University of Maryland College Park.
 
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