Not All Full-Time Faculty Members Feel Like Professionals, Study Finds

Full-time, non-tenure-track professors feel as if they’re constantly straddling two worlds: that of professor and that of “detached observer,” a recent study found. Such faculty members are more of an occupational class than a professional body, concluded the co-authors of a report on the study, John S. Levin, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California at Riverside, and Genevieve G. Shaker, an administrator in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The authors wrote that institutions need to do more to keep full-time non-tenure-track professors from feeling like outsiders, including giving them more authority in curriculum and instruction decisions, and giving them more research support and professional-development opportunities. The study is based on in-depth interviews with 18 faculty members who work in English departments at three public research universities.

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