The Self-Reliant Academic

The Self-Reliant Academic

The Self-Reliant Academic

The Self-Reliant Academic

Excerpt

This book is about "successful" faculty members--that is, those who have followed the rules of the colleges and universities they serve, have satisfying jobs and are not under immediate threat of retrenchment.

But why the need for a book about them? In the past several years, attention has bee focused on the plight of the less fortunate: those unable to get tenure or even to get on the tenure track, those facing involuntary termination for financial or programmatical reasons; those deciding that they have made the wrong career choices or that their work is no longer satisfying; those who have fallen behind in their fields; those whose age or health requires a change of pace. During the last decade there has been an increasing number of institutional and foundation-supported programs designed to help such persons. The rubrics are by now familiar: faculty development, career assessment, alternative career programs, early retirement, phased retirement--in other words, rescue programs.

Although rescue may be needed for the less fortunate among the faculty, should not the successful faculty members--untroubled by problems of professional "health"--be left alone to continue their successes? The symbiosis with their institutions is working. Isn't continued success assured?

No.

Continued success is not inevitable for those who today are faithfully following the career paths their institutions offer. For some, the path will prove too short; for others, its lack of variety will fail to engage their interests until retirement; for still others, demographic chasms will open and threaten to engulf them. Among the less fortunate are many who formerly were successful according to their institution's expectations and have reached their present condition without deviating from the institution's prescribed paths, but have had the misfortune of not recognizing the need to prepare alternative paths.

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