Diverse views on change

The Faculty of the Future: Leaner, Meaner, More Innovative, Less Secure
Marc Bousquet
Chronicle of Higher Education, June 30, 2009

The article presents the views of seven diverse scholars on changes they expect in the academic workplace from 2009. Common themes are retrenchment of tenure-track positions and domination of hard sciences whose faculty engage more in raising funds from outside sources for research and less in teaching. Humanities professors will be left with the work of committees and running the university, and most of the teaching will be done by an underpaid workforce of part-time faculty. Countering this trend may be the growing unionization of adjunct faculty and possibly new forms of job security. A two-tiered system is projected whereby top private universities with mostly white faculties will continue to teach their like, while public institutions will prepare others for specific jobs.


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