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Inside Academia: Professors, Politics, and Policies

Rutgers Univ. Nov. 2018. 128p. notes. index. ISBN 9781978801509. pap. $19.95. ED
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Relying on well-chosen examples, Cahn (emeritus, philosophy, Graduate Center, CUNY; Teaching Philosophy: A Guide) illustrates how the procedures and priorities of academia might be modified for the benefit of students, faculty, and administrators. He discusses the ins and outs of academic departments and administrations, suggesting ways to avoid pitfalls, particularly in the areas of curriculum design, distribution requirements, faculty and administrator appointments, and tenure proceedings. Paired with Lucinda Becker and Pam Denicolo's Teaching in Higher Education, this title offers a complementary look at the importance of teaching and a broader view of academia.
VERDICT Cahn is deeply familiar with the workings of academia and clearly and concisely provides useful perspective. For readers working within or interested in higher education.

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