A Move to Bring Staff Scholars Out of the Shadows
Women's and Gender Studies
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Three years ago, we wrote about our experiences as Ph.D.'s who had initially planned to become faculty members but instead found ourselves forging careers as professional staff members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In an academic culture that recognizes distinct groups of employees such as tenure-track faculty members, librarians, and adjuncts, we represent a new cadre: the growing numbers of "administrator-scholars" populating higher education in "alt-ac" positions. We are Ph.D.'s who were either locked out, or opted out, of a faculty career but still wanted to work in academe.
Bickford, Donna M. and Anne Mitchell Whisnant. "A Move to Bring Staff Scholars Out of the Shadows." The Chronicle of Higher Education November 25, 2013.