Faculty Careers and Work Lives
A Professional Growth Perspective
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Faculty Careers and Work Lives by KerryAnn O'Meara
Book DescriptionThis volume reviews and synthesizes recent research on faculty demographics, appointment types, work life, and reward systems, as well as major theoretical perspectives useful to researchers who study faculty work, careers, and professional development. In doing so, it advances and challenges current dialogue on faculty careers, notably by exploring a "narrative of constraint" that underlies much contemporary research and reform in higher education. Although highlighting the valuable ways whereby the "narrative of constraint" has illuminated the myriad barriers than can--and too often do--inhibit faculty careers, the authors assert that the theme of "constraint" obscures possibility, learning, agency, and growth. In emphasizing constraint, many contemporary research and reform efforts overlook faculty striving for growth. The volume reintroduces growth as an important consideration in higher education discourses of policy and practice, and with attention to four of its key aspects: learning, agency, professional relationships, and commitments. The authors discuss current research on faculty demographics, appointments, work, reward systems, along with theories used in research, relative to these four aspects of growth. They also discuss how attention to faculty growth my open up new directions for policy, public communication, and future research on higher education faculty. This is the third issue in the 34th volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph in the series is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education problem, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780470439715
(224mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Jossey Bass Wiley
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author KerryAnn O'Meara
Educating Integrated Professionals, Paperback (July 2008)
There is a need for doctoral students to broaden their perspective on their own education so that they value teaching and service (professional and community) equally with research. This volume explores two interrelated paths to that goal.
Faculty Priorities Reconsidered, Hardback (September 2005)
Faculty Priorities Reconsidered addresses the growing concern about the misalignment of priorities of faculty and the central mission of the institution in which they work. The book shows how to reconcile these differences and offers illustrative examples of how faculty are rewarded in various institutions.
Scholarship Unbound, Paperback (January 2002)» View all books by KerryAnn O'Meara
Examining a number of academic institutions, this book highlights how they have broadened their promotion policies in order to weigh faculty professional service equally with scholarship.
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