Understanding the New Majority of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Higher Education: Demographics, Experiences, and Plans of Action: ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 36, Number 4
November 2010, Jossey-Bass
This is the fourth issue in the 36th 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.
Introduction and Overview.
Need for the Monograph.
Purpose and Audience.
Background: Understanding the Conflicting Research.
Introduction to the Players: Groups Studying Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
Organization of the Monograph.
Portrait of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
Trends in Part-Time and Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
The Demand for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
Typologies and Titles of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
Data and Trends Related to Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
Experiences of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
Perspective on Faculty Life.
Upsides of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Work.
Concerns and Unmet Expectations.
Plans of Action and Promising Policies.
Broad Recommendations for Future Directions.
Promising Practices and Policies for Professionalizing Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
Context-Based Examples of the Professionalization of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty.
How Do We Accomplish These Changes and Ensure Intentionality?
Conclusions for Practice and Suggestions for Further Research.
Overall Conclusions and Implications.
About the Authors.
Cecile Sam is a doctoral candidate in higher education policy at the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include leadership and organization theory as applied to faculty work in higher education, with a special interest in ethics.
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