Higher Ed’s Ultimate Paradox

The vast majority of its inhabitants are progressives who advocate for a much more egalitarian society, country, world. And yet, if would be difficult for those same people to organize themselves in any more hierarchical manner.

Allowing for small variations at different institutions, behold the standard hierarchy:

Upper administration—President, Vice-Presidents, Provost

Tenured professor with endowed chair

Tenured professor

Tenured associate professor with endowed chair

Tenured associate professor

Assistant professor—tenure track

2 year visiting assistant professor—non-tenure track

1 year visiting assistant professor—non-tenure track

Contingent faculty—Adjunct professor, lecturer, clinical professor—typically hired on a semester-by-semester, course-by-course basis (often no benefits)

Staff

Plant services

Custodians/housekeeping

 

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