Building and Managing the Faculty of the Future
Edited by Robert L. Clark and Jennifer Ma
Chapter 5: Planning for the generational turnover of the faculty: faculty perceptions and institutional practices
Jerry Berberet, Betsy E. Brown, Carole J. Bland, Kelly R. Risbey and Carroll-Ann Trotman 5.1 OVERVIEW Perhaps no challenge is more critical to the future of higher education than the ability of colleges and universities to plan for and eﬀectively manage concurrent mass retirements and mass hirings. Over the coming decade an entire generation of faculty, hired during the higher education expansion of the 1960s and early 1970s, will retire and a new generation of faculty will be hired to educate an increasingly diverse student body and carry higher education forward into the twenty-ﬁrst century. This chapter addresses the overarching concerns about what will be lost and what will be gained as the academy navigates this transition. Our theory is that institutions and their faculty must act as partners to minimize the loss of intellectual capital and cultural traditions during this generational turnover. Two faculty surveys – one focused on late-career faculty and the other on early-career faculty – were designed to probe this theory and provide insights into the work patterns, values, and perceptions of faculty during this time of change. The chapter presents results of the late-career faculty survey and the development of the early-career survey; together they will oﬀer a holistic analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing academia during this time of ‘generational change.’ Our ﬁndings will help colleges and universities to plan strategically for policies and practices that deal eﬀectively with faculty retirement, recruitment and retention, and assist institutions, pension providers, and faculty...
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