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2009 Shaping Faculty Roles Podcasts

AAC&U's Network for Academic Renewal conference: Shaping Faculty Roles in a Time of Change: Leadership for Student Learning was held April 2-4, 2009 in San Diego, California. Learn more at

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PLENARY: Shaping Faculty Roles in a Time of Change: Perspectives from Faculty
Ann E. Austin, professor of education administration, Michigan State University; Timothy K. Eatman, research director, Imagining America and assistant professor of higher education, Syracuse University; Mary Huber, senior scholar, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and Mark Wade Lieu, vice president of the academic senate for California community colleges and professor, English as a Second Language, Ohlone College discuss new dimensions that should be included in a vibrant and inclusive concept of faculty identity. They consider how the academy can prepare the next generation of faculty who understand the core values that have defined academic work and can respond effectively to the changing context for higher education. The panel begins to frame a definition of a 21st century professoriate that includes the values, core knowledge, and roles that are essential parts of faculty identity across diverse demographic characteristics, institutional contexts, and appointment patterns. Recorded Saturday, April 4, 2009, 11:00 a.m.
(Posted on Thu, 16 04 2009 04:58:28)

KEYNOTE: A Resilient Faculty for Turbulent Times: Setting the Context, Framing the Issues
Gertrude Fraser, associate professor and vice provost for faculty advancement, University of Virginia; Michael Gress, president, Association for General and Liberal Studies and professor of philosophy and English, coordinator of general education, Vincennes University; R. Eugene Rice, senior scholar, AACU; and Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost for faculty development, University of Massachusetts at Amherst examine the roles and responsibilities of today's faculty. They explore the notion of an academic profession with a common, coherent mission, and ask if the faculty role has become so "unbundled" that such a notion is no longer possible. They address how future faculty might be prepared to meet the learning needs of students in a highly complex and interdependent world and identify the most pressing issues facing faculty in a time of widespread change in American higher education. Recorded Thursday, April 2, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
(Posted on Thu, 16 04 2009 05:00:25)

PLENARY: Examining Possibilities and Moral Perils of the Professoriate
William Sullivan, senior scholar, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching examines the evolution of faculty roles and the implications for creating effective faculty development practices. He identifies the possibilities amid today's challenging environment for faculty to develop professional identity, assume leadership roles in promoting student learning, and foster among themselves and their students a stronger sense of civic responsibility within higher education and in the larger society. Recorded Friday, April 3, 2009, 9:15 a.m.
(Posted on Mon, 20 04 2009 09:55:59)

PLENARY: Restructuring Academic Work: New Career Paths for Faculty
Gary Rhoades, general secretary, American Association of University, and Gloria Thomas, director, Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan share their latest research on organizational change and faculty recruitment and retention and discuss what the data might portend for restructuring academic work and creating new approaches to faculty rewards and development. Recorded Friday, April 3, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
(Posted on Mon, 20 04 2009 10:12:19)