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Cultural front (Series)
"The modern university is sustained by academic freedom; it guarantees higher education's independence, its quality, and its success in educating students. The need to uphold those values would seem obvious. Yet the university is presently under siege from all corners; workers are being exploited with paltry salaries for full-time work, politics and profit rather than intellectual freedom govern decision-making, and professors are being monitored for the topics they teach. No University Is an Island offers a comprehensive account of the social, political, and cultural forces undermining academic freedom. At once witty and devastating, it confronts these threats with exceptional frankness, then offers a prescription for higher education's renewal. In an insider's account of how the primary organization for faculty members nationwide has fought the culture wars, Cary Nelson, the current President of the American Association of University Professors, unveils struggles over governance and unionization and the increasing corporatization of higher education. Peppered throughout with previously unreported, and sometimes incendiary, higher education anecdotes, Nelson is at his flame-throwing best. The book calls on higher education's advocates of both the Left and the Right to temper conviction with tolerance and focus on higher education's real injustices. Nelson demands we stop denying teachers, student workers, and other employees a living wage and basic rights. He urges unions to take up the larger cause of justice. And he challenges his own and other academic organizations to embrace greater democracy." -- Book jacket.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-278) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The three-legged stool: academic freedom, shared govenance, and tenure How a campus loses its way: sixteen threats to academic freedom Legacies of misrule: our contingent future Barefoot in New Zealand: political correctness on campus The future of faculty unionization Graduate-employee unionization and the future of academic labor On weakened ground: the AAUP, pedagogy, and the struggle over academic freedom No campus is an island: reflections on the AAUP presidency Evolution or devolution: the future of the AAUP's committee A on academic freedom and tenure.
KF4242 .N45 2010
New York : New York University Press,