Author William Hayes fully describes all phases of the work of a college professor in this in-depth study. It was designed to help those students considering a career as a college teacher determine whether it is an appropriate career choice. An important aspect of the book is an account of current problems facing higher education such as: affirmative action programs, grade inflation, faculty tenure and promotion, and ethical issues facing college teachers. Other aspects of the position discussed are the unionization of faculty, the role of college athletics, the impact of higher tuition costs, faculty load, academic freedom, and possible discrimination against women faculty. The reader will also learn about the usual qualifications for adjuncts and how to acquire a position.
Special features: * An in-depth discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of a career as a college teacher * A brief description of the historical development of colleges and universities * Suggestions on how to succeed as a teacher, advisor, researcher, and committee member * An examination of the political structure of colleges and universities and a description of the various pressure groups that affect the politics of colleges Will be of special interest to teachers and administrators.
William Hayes has been a high school social studies teacher, department chair, assistant principal, and high school principal, and he served as superintendent of schools for the Byron-Bergen Central School District in Bergen, New York, from 1973 to 1994. An active member of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, he is the author of a council publication entitled The Superintendcy: Thoughts for New Superintendents. He has also written a number of books, also published by ScarecrowEducation, including Real-Life Case Studies for School Administrators, So You Want to Be a Superintendent?, Real-Life Case Studies for Teachers, and So You Want to Be a School Board Member?.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 1 The Changing Face of Collegiate Education Chapter 4 2 Who Are Our College Professors? Chapter 5 3 What Do College Professors Do? Chapter 6 4 The Politics of the Academy Chapter 7 5 A Professional Organization Chapter 8 6 The Issues Chapter 9 7 The Future Chapter 10 8 The Professor's Personal Life Chapter 11 9 How to Prepare for and Obtain a Position as a College Teacher Chapter 12 10 How to Succeed as a College Professor Chapter 13 11 Adjunct and Part-time Professors Chapter 14 12 The Advantages and Disadvantages of College Teaching as a Career Chapter 15 13 Is College Teaching the Right Profession for You? Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Author