15.1.12

WILL THE NEW HIRES RESPOND TO THE INCENTIVES?

The Washington Monthly College Guide follows the recruiting habits of the universities further down the food chain.
It looks like, in many ways, however, it’s a great time to be on the hiring committees at some lower-tier schools, who can now take advantage of the economy to attract some rather prestigious junior faculty.
In many cases, these hires are for contingent, non-tenure-track positions, which will preclude many of those hired from participating in departmental, college, and university policy-makings.  The article concludes with the suggestion that universities look, again, at whether their graduate programs are producing excessively many students.

It's also difficult to predict how the presence of Ph.D.s from higher up the food chain will affect policy at those universities, once a few of them make tenure.  Will they argue for raising the academic profile of their department (a good idea at the undergraduate level, possibly futile in some of the graduate disciplines)?  Or will they go along with the we're-not-as-good-as-Ann Arbor (substitute any other flagship) and-there's-no-reason-to-work harder?

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