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What Ever Happened to the Faculty?: Drift and Decision in Higher Education Hardcover – October 31, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0801884610 ISBN-10: 0801884616 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801884616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801884610
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written... The benefit of the book is its bringing together of key themes in the current debate and providing a spirited discussion.

(Philip G. Altbach Review of Higher Education 2007-01-00)

Burgan has a gift for telling stories and offering reasonable arguments in an engaging, compelling way.

(Gary Rhoades Thought and Action 2007-01-00)

Full of interesting anecdotes and personal experience.

(John E. R. Staddon Academic Questions 2007-01-00)

An important book in understanding how the traditional rights and responsibilities of university faculty have been eroded... Burgan's wide experience makes her particularly effective in developing her argument.

(Susan Gushee O'Malley Radical Teacher 2008-01-00)

Her extensive academic and administrative background informs this insightful examination of the declining faculty influence in campus affairs and, more broadly, higher education.

(W. Bede Mitchell College and Research Libraries 2008-01-00)

Mary Burgan has provided us with a wake-up call about the responsibilities of the professoriate and has given us practical lessons for exercising those responsibilities. We would be wise to heed her advice.

(Academe 2009-01-00)

Mary Burgan's fresh look at campus governance provides a ray of hope for the future of the faculty's role in higher education. She draws effectively from her own university experience plus her leadership in the AAUP to show how both old and new customs in academic life can be substantive in the 21st century. This book will help higher education become a brave, new world in the best sense.

(John R. Thelin, author of A History of American Higher Education)

From the Back Cover

In this provocative work, Mary Burgan surveys the deterioration of faculty influence in higher education. From campus planning, curriculum, and instructional technology to governance, pedagogy, and academic freedom, she urges far greater consideration for the perspective of the faculty.

Informed by experience, fueled by conviction, and full of practical, strategic advice for the future, What Ever Happened to the Faculty? is an excellent resource for administrators and faculty who are eager to change the tone and trajectory of contemporary higher education.

"An important book in understanding how the traditional rights and responsibilities of university faculty have been eroded... Burgan's wide experience makes her particularly effective in developing her argument."— Radical Teacher

"A spirited discussion."— Review of Higher Education

"Burgan has a gift for telling stories and offering reasonable arguments in an engaging, compelling way."— Thought and Action

"Full of interesting anecdotes and personal experience."— Academic Questions

"[Burgan's] extensive academic and administrative background informs this insightful examination of the declining faculty influence in campus affairs and, more broadly, higher education."— College and Research Libraries


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. C. Huseonica on December 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Burgan has provided the reader a comprehensive yet easy-to-read study on the status of higher education faculty. Faculty are still here, we just look different without tenure and are still very passionate about teaching.

Provided is a sobering evaluation of distance education, with strained attempts at being unbiased. Participation in shared governance is also discussed, but the point of involving contingent faculty is lost to the reader. Burgan accurately explains the devaluation of intellectual work as the result of increased administrative and special project assignments.

We've given this work five stars - unusual for this type of work because of Burgan's attempts at being fair yet candid, except when it comes to the topic of the corporatization of higher education.
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