Edited by Donald E. Heller and Madeleine B. d’ Ambrosio
Chapter 3: Generation X: Redefining the Norms of the Academy
3. Generation X: redeﬁning the norms of the academy Ronald G. Ehrenberg INTRODUCTION The members of Generation X are the young faculty members of today and the immediate future. The panelists at this session of the conference were asked to discuss the eﬀects of this generation on academic norms and institutional governance and the types of new models that may be emerging for academia as a result of them. More speciﬁcally, they were asked if the attitudes and loyalties of these young faculty members really do diﬀer from that of the Baby Boom Generation, how their attitudes and behavior aﬀect graduate programs, what academic institutions will need to do to attract the next generation of faculty members, and how they will inﬂuence governance in academia. And given the growing number of two-career families and single parent families, will changes in the tenure system take place? The panel, which it was my pleasure to moderate, consisted of four distinguished academic leaders. Linda Bunnell has been the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point since 2004. Prior to assuming that position, she was a Senior Vice President at the College Board, the Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Vice Chancellor of Academic Aﬀairs for the Minnesota State System, and a consultant to higher education and non-proﬁt organizations. Joan Girgus has been a Professor of Psychology at Princeton University for 30 years. She has served Princeton in a variety of administrative...
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