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Part-Time on the Tenure Track, AEHE Volume 40 Number 5

Herbers, Joan M., ed.
Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA
LB2300.A81 H47 2014
Topics: Adjuncts   |   Faculty Well-Being   |   Changes in Higher Education

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Abstract: The case for a flexible work schedule for faculty has been repeatedly made, with one policy recommendation being part-time positions for tenure-track/tenured faculty (PTTT). Despite some of the benefits of this approach for both faculty and institutions, the PTTT concept is the least implemented policy for faculty flexibility and is poorly understood. This report offers the first comprehensive treatment of PTTT, suggesting that this mode of flexibility enhances recruitment, retention, and engagement of faculty, while offering value-added productivity, planning potential, and faculty loyalty for the institution.

Herbers provides data that explore how a PTTT policy can lead to faculty success and satisfaction across the lifespan of a career, and likewise offers analogies and examples of well-established practices that administrators across institution types can adapt to create their own policies. Administrators and faculty will find the author’s policy recommendations, best practices, and solutions to common challenges to be a roadmap for stimulating change in their institutions.

This is the 5th issue of the 40th volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education issue, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication. (From the Publisher)

Table Of Content:
Executive Summary

Prologue 1
Part-Time Tenure Track in Higher Education

Faculty Flexibility and the Part-Time Option
The Need for Faculty Flexibility
The Imperative of Faculty Retention
The Faculty Life Course
PTTT and the Flexibility Agenda
Policy and Practice

Profile I: PTTT at Three Institutions
Who Are They?
Sources of Data on PTTT

Profile II
Patterns of Use by PTTT Faculty
Early Career and Family Constraints
Mid-Career Motivations
Late Career: Phasing Into Retirement

Profile III: Transitional Retirement at Colorado State University (CSU)
Lessons From Academic Medical Centers
Academic Medicine Must Adapt to a Changing Workforce
Faculty Retention
PTTT in Academic Medicine
Department Culture
Differences Among Specialty Areas
The Life Course Model in Academic Medicine

Profile IV
Analogs to Part-Time Tenure Track
Analogs Within Academia
Analogs in Other Work Sectors: The Path to Partner

Profile V
The Structure of PTTT Positions
Policies on PTTT
Parameters of PTTT Appointments

Profile VI
Benefits and Challenges
The View From Administration
The View From the Faculty

Profile VII
External Forces
Laws About Fair Hiring and Conflicts of Interest
Faculty Contracts for Collective Bargaining
State Retirement Systems
Funding Agencies
Accreditation Bodies
Insurance Companies
Special Faculty Units

Profile VIII
A Pathway Forward
The Faculty Life Course
Challenging the Ideal Worker
Best Practices for PTTT
The New Ideal

Appendix 1: Individuals Who Have Held PTTT Positions in Early Career, and Their Current Status
Appendix 2: Snapshots of Institutional Policies and Usage of PTTT Positions, Excluding Phased Retirement Policies
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Author
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