Professoriate in America: The Rhetoric and Reality of Higher Education

By Manisha Javeri and Premalatha Junius.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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“Planet Earth under peril” is what we are inundated every day by news media; with several major global changes that have occurred in the last two decades with global warming, environmental depletion of natural resources, food crises, the epidemic of HIV/AIDS, terrorism, cyber crimes and mass genocides in the 21st century. The question is how higher education can play a key role in providing solutions to these issues, which are impacting humanity today and will continue to wreak havoc, and have unprecedented impact on the future generation. According to Giroux’s (2006) article on “Higher Education Under Siege: Implications of Public Intellectuals”, unfortunately too many academics have retreated into narrow specialisms and do not examine their role in what it means to connect learning to public life and to lessen human suffering. This form of education is where scholars “publish while others perish” (Zinn, 2001). He further argues that most academics write for the scholarly audiences, limited within the narrow walls of a gated community of scholars and do not speak to the larger public. This paper is an attempt by two Professors in America to deconstruct the role of professoriate as defined by the current three criteria of faculty evaluation for retention, tenure and promotion: 1) teaching 2) research and 3) service. The paper will further review the past, the present and the future role of the professoriate in American Universities based on several personal anecdotal experiences and related research and literature. The presenters would further like to extend this discussion to include diverse perspectives and paradigms on the role of the professoriate from the global community of Universities.

Keywords: Professoriate, Global Issues, Retention, Tenure and Promotion, Teaching and Learning

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.202MB).

Dr. Manisha Javeri

Assistant Professor, Instructional Technology Program, Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education, Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles, California, USA

Manisha Javeri, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at California State University, Los Angeles. U.S.A. Dr. Javeri received her doctorate from University of Northern Colorado. Her areas of specialization are Educational Technology with an emphasis on Distance Learning and Interactive Technologies with a minor in Applied Research and Statistical Methods. Her research interests are Human Performance Technology, best practices in technology integration in post secondary education, technology solutions to solving global issues and E-Learning in higher education. Currently Dr. Javeri is working on applying performance technology and e-learning theories and pedagogy to create training for the care givers and activists in Mozambique (Africa) who are involved in supporting more than 6000 children orphaned by AIDS. Her life long passion is to teach students' from a diverse cultural background and incorporate the essence of different cultures in her classes.

Dr. Premalatha Junius

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Information Science Department, Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pennsylvania, USA

Premalatha Junius, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Mansfield University, PA. Her mailing address is Elliott 203 A, Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pennsylvania, 16933. Dr. Junius has a robust background in pure, applied and educational mathematics, teaching a broad range of mathematics courses at various levels. Her current students are undergraduate mathematics majors and prospective mathematics teachers. Her research interests lie in the area of differential geometry and cognition. Her teaching experience spans several decades and continents. As chair of the mathematics department at an International School in India, she worked with faculty and students from 50 nationalities at any given point in time, guided pre-service mathematics teachers from the US and student research in mathematics, developed curriculum and conducted workshops for mathematics teachers.


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