Off-Track Profs: Nontenured Teachers in Higher Education

Author(s): Edie N. Goldenberg, John G. Cross

Off-Track Profs


Off-Track Profs investigates the expanding role of part-time and non-tenure-track instructors in ten elite research universities and the consequences of this trend for the quality of the educational experience, the functioning of the university, and the excellence of the academic environment.  The authors discover, to their surprise, that the existing data on the workforce in higher education is ambiguous (different institutions use different terms for non-tenure track instructors; some even omit them from faculty data reports), making comparisons suspect.  The authors look closely at the teaching workforce at several institutions, believing that these outstanding universities provide a strong test case of resistance to pressures on the traditional tenure system. They describe hiring trends and what drives them, explain why they matter if we want to improve undergraduate education, support collegiality on campus, trust in academic governance, prevent the erosion of tenure, and preserve America's global leadership in higher education (MIT Press).  

Publication Information:

Publisher: MIT Press

Year of Publication: 2009