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Teaching without Tenure

, 240 pages

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July 2002



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Teaching without Tenure

Policies and Practices for a New Era

The growing use of full-time non-tenure-track faculty represents a controversial change in the pattern of staffing colleges and universities. Teaching without Tenure provides the first comprehensive examination of this important phenomenon. Examining the issue from the perspectives of both institutions and faculty members, Roger G. Baldwin and Jay L. Chronister offer a systematic look at who non-tenure-track faculty are, the roles they play in higher education, and the policies that control the terms and conditions of their employment.

Teaching without Tenure utilizes findings from a national study of full-time non-tenure-track faculty, including survey data, policy analysis findings, and information gathered from site visits with faculty and administrators at a cross-section of four-year colleges and universities across the United States. This timely study emerges in an environment in which many constituents of higher education have begun to question the feasibility of retaining the academic tenure system in its present form. Baldwin and Chronister discuss the internal and external factors influencing an institution's decision to hire non-tenure-track faculty and make recommendations for policies and practices that can support the work and career development of faculty in these positions. Designed to assist faculty, academic leaders, and institutions, Teaching without Tenure examines developments challenging the status quo in the American academic profession and offers guidance as higher education moves into an uncertain future.

Roger G. Baldwin is a professor of higher education at the College of William and Mary. Jay L. Chronister is a professor of education, emeritus, at the University of Virginia.

"A well-researched, balanced study of these controversial practices."

"Baldwin and Chronister's book is must reading for faculty and administrators concerned about the future of the professoriate. No previous work has so thoroughly addressed the issues and interests of faculty who are not eligible for tenure, a group that now represents over 26 percent of the full-time faculty in colleges and universities today."

"Most chairs and deans... need support and guidance for orienting, supporting, and evaluating non-tenure-track faculty. Campuses could start by sharing this book."

"The authors' work is thorough and clear. It is imbued with an appropriate balance of concern for both the working life of full-time non-tenure-track faculty and for the issues that push institutions toward this form of faculty relationship."

"The book is a reliable and exhaustive examination of its subject."

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