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The Cost of an Adjunct

The plight of non-tenured professors is widely known, but what about the impact they have on the students they’re hired to instruct?
Imagine meeting your English professor by the trunk of her car for office hours, where she doles out information like a taco vendor in a food truck. ...




Lack of class diversity pervades history of higher education

The story of higher education in the United States is one of rapid rise and steady fall, with the only unchanging variable being the persistence of class inequality.Even with the explosion in college attendance post–World War II — aided in part by the GI Bill of Rights, which granted veterans benefits that included tuition payments — access for low-income students has been consistently low while significant ground was gained in gender and ethnic diversity. ...




Report Shows Increase in Faculty Diversity Over Past Ten Years

The proportion of Harvard’s tenured faculty who are women or people of color jumped from 30.8 percent to 39.2 percent over the past decade, according to the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity’s annual report.The report, released on Monday, provides demographic statistics for each of Harvard’s schools and the four divisions of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. ...




How to Get a Job in Academia

 The process leading up to your first faculty job is almost guaranteed to be a nerve-racking ordeal. Many applicants don't know how to make a good first impression. It is common--and reasonable--to question whether you have the right set of skills and credentials for a particular faculty job. ...




how to get promoted in academia

Develop a long-term planIt is possible to achieve promotion from one academic grade to the next by delivering stellar performance in one specific domain, but this is not what happens for most people. Mythical tales of instant promotion for some gigantic research grant or one highly cited paper are often spurious. ...




Knowing the difference between adjunct and full-time professor

If you’re thinking of becoming an instructor at a college or university, it’s crucial to weigh your options first. You could become a professor right off the bat, but you may also consider becoming an adjunct professor. There are a few differences between the two, but they’re significant enough to think about which job would suit you best. ...




The Intangible Qualities Higher Ed Employers Look For

Right now I am working on several very senior administrative searches.  I hear hiring managers say they need to hire someone who can handle “organizational ambiguity” and/or have “emotional intelligence”. Just today a manager said he had to hire someone who could maintain a sense of humor even in “the darkest hours”. ...




As Community Colleges ‘Have Their Moment,’ Leaders Face Tough Challenges

Steve Moore didn’t expect to go back to college. He dropped out long ago, when he was a “20-year-old-hot-head” and landed a lucrative job at a friend’s start-up. At the time he figured he didn’t need college. Now he’s 29, but that company shut down, and he’s unexpectedly out of work. ...




Confessions of an Ex-Lecturer

When this semester started, I spent the first two weeks tracking down students — via email and other methods — so that I could invite them to use the digital tools I’ve assigned for my online survey course on U.S. history. I could have just sent emails to their university accounts but, in my experience, most students hardly ever check their campus email. ...




Gender in the Job Interview

As women move up the leadership ranks in higher education, they find fewer and fewer female peers. That’s been fairly well documented by the American Council on Education and other sources, and is no surprise to those of us in the executive-search industry. ...