Month: December 2013

The Great Stratification (of Academic Labor)

Writing in the Chronicle Review of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jeffery J. Williams contrasts the structure of the academic labor market with that of medicine: Given that there are more than 1.4 million college faculty members in the United States, it is clear that they are not disappearing. But the all-purpose professor has faded. We have tended to see the professor as a single figure, but he is now a multiple being, of many types, tasks, and positions. And instead of the traditional idea of a community of scholars, all roughly equivalent, we now have a distended pyramid, with a huge base of people whose primary job is teaching,

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