Young Faculty in the Twenty-First Century

International Perspectives

Edited by Maria Yudkevich, Philip G. Altbach, and Laura E. Rumbley

Subjects: Education, Higher Education, International Management, Sociology, Educational Administration
Series: SUNY series in Global Issues in Higher Education
Paperback : 9781438457260, 376 pages, January 2016
Hardcover : 9781438457277, 376 pages, May 2015

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Table of contents

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Introduction: The Logic and Organization of the Book
1. Building an Academic Career: A Twenty-First Challenge
Philip G. Altbach
2. Brazil: Opportunities and Challenges for the New Generation in a Diverse Academic Environment
Elizabeth Balbachevsky
3. Conditions and Opportunities for New Faculty in Higher Education in Mainland China
Qi Wang, Yi Li, and Nian Cai Liu
4. France: Long Waiting Lists Despite Minimally Attractive Academic Positions
Christine Musselin
5. Entering Academia: Realities for New Faculty in German Higher Education
Barbara M. Kehm
6. Entering an Expanding Academia: The New Generation Faculty India
N. Jayaram
7. The Academic Career System in Norway
Svein Kyvik
8. Young Doctorates in a Fast-Changing Higher Education System: The Case of Portugal
Hugo Horta and Sandra Hasanfendic
9. The University Sector in Russia: Young Romantics and Losers Welcome?
Maria Yudkevich
10. Challenges and Opportunities for New Faculty in South African Higher Education
Chika Sehoole and Emmanuel Oluseun Ojo
11. “Do I Still Want to be a Professor and, If So, Can I?” Entering the American Academic Profession in the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century
Martin J. Finkelstein
12. Future Prospects for Young Faculty Across the Academic World: A global Comparison and Assessment
Martin J. Finkelstein, Kevin W. Inglesias, Anna Panova, and Maria Yudkevich

Demonstrates how the success of universities depends on the working conditions of the younger academic generation.


Young faculty are the future of academia, yet without attractive career paths for young academics, the future of the university is bleak. Featuring case studies from Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Norway, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, and the United States, Young Faculty in the Twenty-First Century is the first book to analyze issues facing early-career higher education faculty in an international context. The contributors discuss how young academics are affected by contracts, salaries, the structure of careers, and institutional conditions. The analyses cover the full spectrum of the academic profession, including part-time jobs and short-term contracts, both in public and private institutions. The book also addresses what universities must do in order to attract young, qualified candidates.

Maria Yudkevich is Vice Rector and Associate Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia. She is the coeditor (with Philip G. Altbach, Liz Reisberg, Gregory Androushchak, and Iván F. Pacheco) of Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts. Philip G. Altbach is Research Professor and Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. He is the author and editor of many books, including (with William A. Smith and Kofi Lomotey) The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education: Continuing Challenges for the Twenty-First Century, Revised Edition, also published by SUNY Press. Laura E. Rumbley is Lecturer and Associate Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, and coauthor (with Philip G. Altbach and Liz Reisberg) of Trends in Global Higher Education: Tracking an Academic Revolution.


". ..shines a comparative light on the perils and possibilities that face new entrants into the academic field. " — Reflective Teaching