Transforming the professoriate: this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education

This week I’m doing several things with the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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  They focus on how college and university faculty roles may change as a result of the coronavirus.

First, today the Chronicle published my article “How the Coronavirus Will Change Faculty Life Forever.”  This is some forecasting about how teaching, research, service, the job market, professional development, and more could be transformed after a COVID-19 year.

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  It’s also the kickoff for another publication, a faculty handbook for surviving the pandemic.

It starts with a touch of design fiction:

It is January 2021, and you are getting ready to begin the new semester.

Fall term was a wild ride, as Covid-19 continued to rack the nation. The pandemic roared through and receded in repeated cycles of infection, relative safety, and reinfection as death tolls rose. During viral lulls, campuses welcomed back students and faculty and staff members, then sent them off campus again as infections and death rates soared. HyFlex term, some called it, a blending over time of face-to-face and digital-learning experiences. Meanwhile, colleges froze or cut spending while the economy staggered through on-again, off-again recessions.

Fall was also your first semester teaching at Tweed College.

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After winning that rarest thing over the summer, a job offer, you gladly moved cross-country. You coped with the problems of taking such a complex step in an era of temperature checks at roadblocks and social distancing with movers. It was a whirlwind of unpacking and teaching, committees and departmental meetings.

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You learned a thousand operational details while trying to keep your research going, your family afloat, and your sanity intact … and all with the novel coronavirus gnawing at our lives.

At last, the winter break gave you a welcome respite, badly needed downtime, and some hours to plan ahead. You are starting the spring semester afresh and with new perspective. What will the new year hold for you?

Next, this Friday, May 15th, I’ll be a guest on a Chronicle video discussion.  You can register for the 2-3 pm EDT session here.

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I’ll be interviewed by my friend and excellent editor Ian Wilhelm.

From the official description:

This virtual forum will speculate on what faculty life, work, and careers will be like in 2021:
– How will financial pressures impact academics?
– How will teaching and research be altered due to our new remote lives?
– How do you navigate the challenging academic job market, whether you’re a newly minted PhD or a senior scholar?

Please join us.  If you can’t make the live session, let me know here what topics or questions we should address.

I’m delighted that the Chronicle is hosting my writing and conversation this week, and appreciated their editing and hosting.

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