7. There Are Advantages to Knowing Your Limits: On Making a Difference for Non-Tenure Track Colleagues
Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars - Russell T. McCutcheon
Russell T. McCutcheon [+]
University of Alabama
Unpublished and originally delivered at a session of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) devoted to issues surrounding the challenges facing contingent faculty members, this chapter purposefully shifts the focus to tenure-track and tenured faculty—people who sometimes feel powerless to change the direction of the modern university. It argues that, while many influential structural factors are certainly well beyond their control, there are a number of practical and consequential things that a united group of faculty members can themselves do to help improve the situation of the non-tenure track colleagues whose labor more than just helps to create the conditions in which we all do our own work.