Promotion and Tenure: Community and Socialization in Academe

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SUNY Press, 1996 - Education - 161 pages
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Research on the organizational culture in higher education affirms that congruent cultures are better than fragmented ones, and that managing culture is an oxymoron. Such analyses often lead to the assumptions that unity of purpose is essential and leadership is impossible. This book reframes rather than suppresses these notions, and by respecting the differences, builds a commonality between them.
Using data on faculty socialization in academe, the authors consider how the work of cultural leadership becomes interpretation and facilitation rather than management. Through a series of interviews using experimental forms of ethnographic presentation, Tierney and Bensimon articulate salient problems of tenure-track faculty, especially women and faculty of color, and address the issue of individuals voluntarily leaving the tenure-track. They offer a new paradigm to delineate ways in which the academic community can help socialize younger faculty, and honor differences more readily.
 

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Contents

COMMUNITY AND CULTURE IN ACADEME
1
TENURE AS TOTEM AND SOCIALIZATION IN THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY
21
THE TENURE AND PROMOTION YEARS
43
ENGENDERING SOCIALIZATION
75
SOCIALIZATION AND CULTURAL TAXATION RACE AND ETHNICITY IN THE ACADEMY
103
RETHINKING PROMOTION AND TENURE
125
Appendix A
149
Appendix B
151
Bibliography
153
Index
157
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William G. Tierney is Professor and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California.

Estela Mara Bensimon is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Southern California.

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