Wannabe U

Wannabe U

Author: Gaye Tuchman

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

Published: 2011-08-22

Total Pages: 538

ISBN-13: 1459627350

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Based on years of observation at a large state university, Wannabe U tracks the dispiriting consequences of trading in traditional educational values for loyalty to the market. Aping their boardroom idols, the new corporate administrators at such universities wander from job to job and reductively view the students there as future workers in nee...


Wannabe U

Wannabe U

Author: Gaye Tuchman

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 2009-10-15

Total Pages: 266

ISBN-13: 0226815285

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Based on years of observation at a large state university, Wannabe U tracks the dispiriting consequences of trading in traditional educational values for loyalty to the market. Aping their boardroom idols, the new corporate administrators at such universities wander from job to job and reductively view the students there as future workers in need of training. Obsessed with measurable successes, they stress auditing and accountability, which leads to policies of surveillance and control dubiously cloaked in the guise of scientific administration. In this eye-opening exposé of the modern university, Tuchman paints a candid portrait of the corporatization of higher education and its impact on students and faculty. Like the best campus novelists, Tuchman entertains with her acidly witty observations of backstage power dynamics and faculty politics, but ultimately Wannabe U is a hard-hitting account of how higher education’s misguided pursuit of success fails us all.


The Last Professors

The Last Professors

Author: Frank Donoghue

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

Published: 2018-04-03

Total Pages: 224

ISBN-13: 0823279146

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“What makes the modern university different from any other corporation?” asked Columbia’s Andrew Delbanco recently in the New York Times. “There is more and more reason to think: less and less,” he answered. In this provocative book, Frank Donoghue shows how this growing corporate culture of higher education threatens its most fundamental values by erasing one of its defining features: the tenured professor. Taking a clear-eyed look at American higher education over the last twenty years, Donoghue outlines a web of forces—social, political, and institutional—dismantling the professoriate. Today, fewer than 30 percent of college and university teachers are tenured or on tenure tracks, and signs point to a future where professors will disappear. Why? What will universities look like without professors? Who will teach? Why should it matter? The fate of the professor, Donoghue shows, has always been tied to that of the liberal arts —with the humanities at its core. The rise to prominence of the American university has been defined by the strength of the humanities and by the central role of the autonomous, tenured professor who can be both scholar and teacher. Yet in today’s market-driven, rank- and ratings-obsessed world of higher education, corporate logic prevails: faculties are to be managed for optimal efficiency, productivity, and competitive advantage; casual armies of adjuncts and graduate students now fill the demand for teachers. Bypassing the distractions of the culture wars and other “crises,” Donoghue sheds light on the structural changes in higher education—the rise of community colleges and for-profit universities, the frenzied pursuit of prestige everywhere, the brutally competitive realities facing new Ph.D.s —that threaten the survival of professors as we’ve known them. There are no quick fixes in The Last Professors; rather, Donoghue offers his fellow teachers and scholars an essential field guide to making their way in a world that no longer has room for their dreams. First published in 2008, "The Last Professors" have largely had its arguments borne out in the interim, as the percentage of courses taught by tenured professors continues to dwindle. This new edition includes a substantial Preface that elaborates on recent developments and offers tough but productive analysis that will be crucial for today's academics to heed.


Mock Ritual in the Modern Era

Mock Ritual in the Modern Era

Author: Reginald McGinnis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2022-09-02

Total Pages: 265

ISBN-13: 0197637434

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Mock Ritual in the Modern Era explores the complex interrelations between ritual and mockery, the latter of which is not infrequently the unofficial face of claims to rationality. McGinnis and Smyth consider how the mocking and parodying of ritual often associated with modern rationalism may itself become ritualized, and other ways in which supposedly sham ritual may survive its "outing." This volume traces the evolution of "mock ritual" in various forms throughout the modern era, as found in literary, historical, and anthropological texts as well as encyclopedias, newspapers, and films. Mock Ritual in the Modern Era places famous eighteenth- and nineteenth-century authors in dialogue with contemporary popular culture, from Diderot, Sterne, and Flaubert to the TV shows Survivor and Judge Judy, and from Voltaire to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy of 2015. Ritualistic and mock ritualistic aspects of comedy and ridicule are considered along with those, notably, of sexuality, medicine, art, education, and justice.


Higher Education, Stratification, and Workforce Development

Higher Education, Stratification, and Workforce Development

Author: Sheila Slaughter

Publisher: Springer

Published: 2015-11-17

Total Pages: 360

ISBN-13: 3319215124

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This work analyses how political economic shifts contribute to competition within higher education systems in the US, EU, and Canada. The authors highlight competition for prestige and public and private subsidies, exploring the consequences of these processes through theoretical and empirical analyses. Accordingly, the work highlights topics that will be of interest to a wide range of audiences. Concepts addressed include stratification, privatization of formerly public subsidies, preference for “high tech” academic fields, and the vocationalization of the curriculum (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: [STEM] fields, selected professions, and business) rather than the liberal arts or the Humboldtian vision of the university. Across national contexts and analytic methods, authors analyze the growth of national policies that see universities as a sub set of economic development, casting universities as corporate research laboratories and education as central to job creation. Throughout the volume, the authors make the case that national and regional approaches to politics and markets result in different experiences of consequences of academic capitalism. While these shifts serve the interests of some institutions, others find themselves struggling to meet ever-greater expectations with stagnant or shrinking resource bases.


How the Neoliberalization of Academia Leads to Thoughtlessness

How the Neoliberalization of Academia Leads to Thoughtlessness

Author: Justin Pack

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Published: 2018-11-15

Total Pages: 180

ISBN-13: 1498584802

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As the modern university is increasingly run like a business, students and faculty are losing the time and space to wonder and think under the hypercompetitive demands to produce. The goals of critical self-knowledge and good citizenship are being undermined by the demands of profit.


Postwar Higher Education in America

Postwar Higher Education in America

Author: Richard B. Schwartz

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Published: 2018-09-15

Total Pages: 310

ISBN-13: 0761870555

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Postwar Higher Education in America: Just Yesterday explores the apogee of American Higher Education and its devolution into its current state. It offers concrete recommendations for capitalizing on its lost strengths and restoring the standards and expectations that our current students have been denied.


The Reorder of Things

The Reorder of Things

Author: Roderick A. Ferguson

Publisher:

Published: 2012

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9780816672783

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In the 1960s and 1970s, minority and women students at colleges and universities across the United States organized protest movements to end racial and gender inequality on campus. African American, Chicano, Asia American, American Indian, women, and queer activists demanded the creation of departments that reflected their histories and experiences, resulting in the formation of interdisciplinary studies programs that hoped to transform both the university and the wider society beyond the campus. In The Reorder of Things, however, Roderick A. Ferguson traces and assesses the ways in which the rise of interdisciplines--departments of race, gender, and ethnicity; fields such as queer studies--were not simply a challenge to contemporary power as manifest in academia, the state, and global capitalism but were, rather, constitutive of it. Ferguson delineates precisely how minority culture and difference as affirmed by legacies of the student movements were appropriated and institutionalized by established networks of power. Critically examining liberationist social movements and the cultural products that have been informed by them, including works by Adrian Piper, Toni Cade Bambara, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Zadie Smith, The Reorder of Things argues for the need to recognize the vulnerabilities of cultural studies to co-option by state power and to develop modes of debate and analysis that may be in the institution but are, unequivocally, not of it.


Leadership in Organizations

Leadership in Organizations

Author: John Storey

Publisher: Routledge

Published: 2016-06-10

Total Pages: 437

ISBN-13: 1317443993

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This third edition of Leadership in Organizations: Current Issues and Key Trends builds on the success of the previous versions, with new and updated chapters providing fresh and lively insights into a subject that can often be tricky to pin down. Leadership in Organizations carefully balances theory and practice, including critical perspectives, to examine fundamental questions about the meaning of leadership, its use and its development. Readers will benefit from the text’s rich use of cases and examples of real-life tensions, challenges and successful outcomes of leadership practice. The book also sets itself apart through its distinctive focus on leadership within the wider contexts of politics, economics and public policy, as well as organizational behaviour and management. New elements for this edition include: The moral pitfalls of leadership Leadership roles under crisis conditions Fresh analysis of the impact of leadership on performance outcomes This is the ideal text for advanced students of leadership studies, as well as practitioners looking to deepen their understanding of the leadership process and to enhance their leadership skills.