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Heeding New Voices: Implications for Early Career Faculty. Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing (AIM) Stanford University June 17, 2004. Mary Deane Sorcinelli University of Massachusetts Amherst. Session Assumptions:.
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Implications for Early Career Faculty
Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing (AIM)
June 17, 2004
Mary Deane Sorcinelli
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Turn to one person seated nearby. Introduce yourself and share one or two aspects of your academic career that are truly satisfying and one or two aspects that are the most challenging/least satisfying.
What Factors Go Into Making Choices About Faculty Positions
and Where To Work?
What Job Factors Are Most Important?
Directions:Working individually for the next five
Check up to 10 factors that are most important to you in your academic position.
6. Institutional support for my research
13. Time for family or other obligation/interests
16. Quality of department
2. Number of courses and preps
12. Flexibility of my work schedule
10. Opportunity to work collaboratively
1. The content of courses I would teach
9. Opportunity to work independently
18. Geographic location of institution
17. The quality of the institution
Ambivalence about Tenure
On the one hand, tenure is security, status, prestige, “the green card,” “legitimacy—the measure of worth among peers,” “a voice in one’s department,” “essential” to academic freedom.
On the other hand, tenure is “no guarantee—like the social security system,” “You won’t have a life for 6-7 years and then what?”, “Three full time jobs rolled into one and all for $40,000.”
Strive for tenure, believe in tenure—but it appears that other factors are starting to play a role in the decision about where to work.
In fact, attractive combinations of other factors can actually challenge tenure-track.Work…Location…Quality of Life
Directions: Working with one or two individuals nearby, please spend the next ten minutes responding to the following:
What matters most to you in terms of work factors/workplace? Any changes from when you were on the job market? Any implications for recruiting new faculty to your department or university?
A key finding of the Heeding New Voices: Academic Careers For a New Generation is the troubling gap between the vision and the reality of an academic career.
Rice, Sorcinelli, and Austin, 2000; 2002.
- Clear? Consistent? Reasonable? Fair?
- Informal and formal feedback?
- Who? How? Timeframe? Standards?
- Stop clock? Short-term focus v. intellectual passion
Seeking a connection between
Choose a topic of most interest to you. In your small group, come up with one or two creative strategies that you’ve found helpful in each of the following areas:
- Feedback from students while course in progress
- Record of scholarly activities in teaching, research, service and meet with chair (and PC) each year
-Take letters from chair, PC, and college PC seriously
-Chair, dean, provost, newly tenured faculty member discuss what counts, the case, the process at each level
-Parental leave, flexible time to tenure, child care
-Database of academic jobs for dual-career couples