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Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Higher Education: Theories and Tensions

By Adrianna Kezar and Cecile Sam

The American faculty is changing. Tenure-track appointments that were once the majority employment type are no longer the established norm of higher education; approximately 65 percent of all new faculty appointments are now non-tenure track. Part-time non-tenure-track faculty appointments now make up the bulk of that percentage. Despite these changes, many higher education institutions still operate as though non-tenure-track faculty are a supplementary workforce, while the percentage of non-tenure-track faculty continues to grow.

With the growing majority of non-tenure-track faculty, questions arise. Who are these faculty? What are their experiences? What does this faculty mean for undergraduate instruction and students? What is the role of tenure in higher education? How did higher education attain this majority of non-tenure-track faculty? Where does higher education go from here?

Continued at: http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/postings.php

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