The reciprocal implications of what we do

The Twenty-First-Century Professoriate
William M. Plater
Academe, July/August 2008.

A philosophical call for a new vision in the future.  The paragraph below is pithy.
Many related and important issues could be addressed within this context: understanding the reciprocal implications of embracing part-time and untenured teachers as members of the profession; defining in specific terms the duties of the profession; linking teaching with research, professional service, and civic engagement as a coherent set of activities; affirming the importance of academic freedom with a pragmatic and principled definition; articulating the reciprocal responsibilities of tenure; accepting responsibility for working conditions and shared governance; and redirecting doctoral education to prepare graduates for a profession as well as a disciplinary specialty or a job.


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