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Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate, Expanded Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-98830-5
224 pages
October 2015, Jossey-Bass
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Shifting faculty roles in a changing landscape

Ernest L. Boyer's landmark book Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate challenged the publish-or-perish status quo that dominated the academic landscape for generations. His powerful and enduring argument for a new approach to faculty roles and rewards continues to play a significant part of the national conversation on scholarship in the academy.

Though steeped in tradition, the role of faculty in the academic world has shifted significantly in recent decades. The rise of the non-tenure-track class of professors is well documented. If the historic rule of promotion and tenure is waning, what role can scholarship play in a fragmented, unbundled academy? Boyer offers a still much-needed approach. He calls for a broadened view of scholarship, audaciously refocusing its gaze from the tenure file and to a wider community.

This expanded edition offers, in addition to the original text, a critical introduction that explores the impact of Boyer's views, a call to action for applying Boyer's message to the changing nature of faculty work, and a discussion guide to help readers start a new conversation about how Scholarship Reconsidered applies today.

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Table of Contents

About Ernest L. Boyer vii

About the Editors ix

About the Contributors xi

Editors’ Acknowledgments xv

A Note to the Reader xvii

Foreword: Scholarship Reconsidered’s Influence in Later Carnegie Foundation Work xxi
Mary Taylor Huber


The Origins of Scholarship Reconsidered 3
Drew Moser and Todd C. Ream

Boyer’s Impact on Faculty Development 13
Andrea L. Beach

The Influence of Scholarship Reconsidered on Institutional Types and Academic Disciplines 19
John M. Braxton

Scholarship Reconsidered’s Impact on Doctoral and Professional Education 31
Ann E. Austin and Melissa McDaniels

How Scholarship Reconsidered Disrupted the Promotion and Tenure System 41
KerryAnn O’Meara

Acknowledgments 49


Scholarship over Time 55

Enlarging the Perspective 67

The Faculty: A Mosaic of Talent 77

The Creativity Contract 91

The Campuses: Diversity with Dignity 99

A New Generation of Scholars 109

Scholarship and Community 117

Appendix A: National Survey of Faculty (1989) 123

Appendix B: Technical Notes 157

Appendix C: Carnegie Classifications 159

Afterword: Advancing the Conversation around Scholarship Reconsidered 161
Cynthia A. Wells

Discussion Guide 167

Notes 173

Index 195

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Author Information

ERNEST L. BOYER (1928–1995) was commissioner of education under President Jimmy Carter and served for 16 years as president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

DREW MOSER is dean of experiential learning and associate professor of higher education at Taylor University.

TODD C. REAM is professor of higher education at Taylor University and research fellow with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. He is the coauthor of Christian Faith and Scholarship: An Exploration of Contemporary Developments, from Jossey-Bass.

JOHN M. BRAXTON is professor of higher education at Vanderbilt University. He is the editor of Analyzing Faculty Work and Rewards: Using Boyer's Four Domains of Scholarship and Rethinking College Student Retention, both from Jossey-Bass.

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