1980: Faculty Blues, a Generation Ago

March 13, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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“Anxiety, depression, and insomnia were the most frequent stress-related symptoms” reported among professors in a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association. The data showed that marriage and children typically produced more stress for women on the faculty than for their male counterparts. On the other hand, almost half of the single men among the respondents said they were depressed. (A generation later, in a sign of how the academic labor market had changed amid tightening budgets, a national survey showed that “faculty members are feeling stressed out and strapped for time to teach.”) In other news from 1980, we noted that “candidates get poor grades from political scientists” assessing the presidential campaign that fall.