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EdSurge Live: How Market Forces Shape Faculty Life

Online Nov 19 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Price: Free


Professors have long savored their position outside of commercial systems. But these days, there’s plenty of signs of capitalism within the academy, as scholars seek support from funders hoping the findings will lead to commercial applications, departments market their courses to students as pathways to lucrative careers and universities replace tenure-track positions with adjunct jobs to cut costs.

In these ways and more, managing the modern academic career is like running a small business, posits Eli Thorkelson, research fellow of social anthropology at Stellenbosch University.Join EdSurge for a live, online forum exploring the concept of “academic capitalism” and discussing the ways market forces affect faculty life today.

Our guest will be Kevin R. McClure, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Higher Education atUniversity of North Carolina Wilmington. We’ll discuss:

  • How do pressures to produce financial value affect what graduate students and professors study?
  • What does it means that market forces are exerting more pressure at the same time that universities are diversifying their faculty?
  • How are some professors pushing back against commercialism at their institutions?

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EdSurge Live: How Market Forces Shape Faculty Life

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