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The Professoriate Today: Languishing in Dante's Purgatory

The Professoriate Today: Languishing in Dante's Purgatory

by John "Jack" Hampton


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The changing role and expectations of higher education have reached a crisis point. The heart of the problem is an isolation of the professoriate. An emphasis on obscure research and lack of accountability is undermining the academy. Creating a dissertation is usually an exhausting and frustrating task. New professors are not prepared for what is about to happen to them. Students are being shortchanged by professors who fail to facilitate learning. The effort to find a long-term academic appointment can be just as bad. This book tells the story of a period of suffering for new professors quite comparable to the description of purgatory in Dante's Divine Comedy. This book documents the story.

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ISBN-13: 9781475836493
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/26/2017
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John J. Hampton is a Professor of Business at St. Peter’s University in New Jersey and a principal in the Princeton Consulting Group. He was dean of the schools of business at Seton Hall and Connecticut State universities, and provost of the College of Insurance and SUNY Maritime College in New York City. He is the author of Culture, Intricacies, and Obsessions in Academia – Why Colleges and Universities are Struggling to Deliver the Goods (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).

Table of Contents

Part 1. Welcome to the Academy
1. What's all this Business about Purgatory? Do Professors Make a Stop before They reach the Heavenly Gates?
2. Why would Anybody in their Right Mind Choose to be a Professor? Would Electrical Shock Therapy be a Better Choice?
3. Are Contingent Faculty the Barbarians at the Gate? What on Earth is a Contingent Faculty?
4. What's the Buzz about Faculty Value over Replacement Economics? When did this Silly Theory Creep in?
5. Are Tenured Professors an Endangered Species? Will the last full-time Professor please turn out the lights?
Part 2. Welcome to the Classroom
6. Who do you want in front of the Classroom? Are Professors Perfect in Every Way?
7. Professor, can you ever be Wrong? Do you Understand What Happens if you don't Agree with me?
8. Why do Students Fail to Learn what I Fail to Teach? Why did Nobody Tell Me Nothing about Teaching?
9. What is your Problem with Students Sleeping in Class? Would it bother you if a Student asked you to Keep It Down?
10. Did you Hear About the Death of Written Exams? Did the end of Cursive Writing Pass you by?
Part 3. Life on the Faculty
11. How About a Last Great Lecture just for Posterity? Can you Offer Some Words of Wisdom for the Ages?
12. Should you be David or Goliath in the Classroom? As Goliath is my role model, what's the Question here?
13. Is the Faculty Search Process Fatally Flawed? Why do we Make so many Wrong Hiring Decisions?
14. Is the Faculty Evaluation Process Fatally Flawed? What on Earth is Going on in that Promotion and Tenure Committee?
15. Should you Take a Stint as Department Chair? Does Anybody Need this Grief?
Part 4. Protecting What We Have
16. Does a Liberal Arts Foundation Protect Anything that Needs Protecting? What are we Teaching and Why do we Teach it?
17. Does Anybody Believe in Hybrid and Distance Learning Courses? Is a Changing World your Friend or your Enemy?
18. Does Academic Freedom Protect Anything that Needs Protecting? Would the Academy Collapse if Academic Freedom went away?
19. Does Tenure Protect Anything that Needs Protecting? Would the Academy Collapse if Tenure went away?
Part 5 Career Decision Making for Professors
20 Despite it all, would you Like to be a Professor? Can you Tell Me More about Academic Purgatory?
21. Can you Believe Limbo is the Next Stop after Purgatory? Where, Oh Where, is Tenure?
22. Do you Know you can Choose Your Own Limbo or Paradise? Does God Give Us so many Options Simply Because She Loves Us?

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