The Last Professors
The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities
By (author) Frank Donoghue
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Last Professors by Frank Donoghue
Book DescriptionGCGBPWhat makes the modern university different from any other corporation?GC[yen] asked ColumbiaGCOs Andrew Delbanco recently in the New York Times. GCGBPThere is more and more reason to think: less and less,GC[yen] he answered. In this provocative book, Frank Donoghue shows how this growing corporate culture of higher education threatens its most fundamental values by erasing one of its defining features: the tenured professor. Taking a clear-eyed look at American higher education over the last twenty years, Donoghue outlines a web of forcesGCosocial, political, and institutionalGCodismantling the professoriate. Today, fewer than 30 percent of college and university teachers are tenured or on tenure tracks, and signs point to a future where professors will disappear. Why? What will universities look like without professors? Who will teach? Why should it matter? The fate of the professor, Donoghue shows, has always been tied to that of the liberal arts GCowith the humanities at its core. The rise to prominence of the American university has been defined by the strength of the humanities and by the central role of the autonomous, tenured professor who can be both scholar and teacher. Yet in todayGCOs market-driven, rank- and ratings-obsessed world of higher education, corporate logic prevails: faculties are to be managed for optimal efficiency, productivity, and competitive advantage; casual armies of adjuncts and graduate students now fill the demand for teachers. Bypassing the distractions of the culture wars and other GCGBPcrises,GC[yen] Donoghue sheds light on the structural changes in higher educationGCothe rise of community colleges and for-profit universities, the frenzied pursuit of prestige everywhere, the brutally competitive realities facing new Ph.D.s GCothat threaten the survival of professors as weGCOve known them. There are no quick fixes in The Last Professors; rather, Donoghue offers his fellow teachers and scholars an essential field guide to making their way in a world that no longer has room for their dreams.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780823228607
(227mm x 154mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Fordham University Press
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Frank Donoghue
FRANK DONOGHUE is Associate Professor of English at the Ohio State University. He is the author of The Fame Machine: Book Reviewing and Eighteenth-Century Literary Careers.
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