So I’m a professor now!

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last week we got an email from our HR department informing us that we are adopting the American ‘professor’ system of academic titles. So now I’m an Associate Professor! Personally, I’m glad this change has been made and it’s not because I’ve always fancied being a professor …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 June]

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Why it’s time for a woman to become president of an Irish university

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The review carried out last year by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) confirmed what many commentators had observed for years: women are ‘vastly under-represented in top positions within the higher education sector’. While 52% of entry-level academic positions are filled by women, they represent only 19% of professorships …” (more)

[Linda Connolly, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Just 20% of professors are women

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2014 by steve

“Only one in five professors in Irish universities are women. The number is unacceptably low and represents persistent gender segregation, according to the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 April]

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Gender imbalance and academic posts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – Recent references to the impact of caring on women’s lives are well made and ultimately reflect the reluctance of the State to really value such care (‘Imbalance at the top in third level’, Education, March 18th; Letters, March 20th) …” (more)

[Pat O’Connor, Irish Times, 22 March]

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The everyday reality of gender imbalance at professor level at third level

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2014 by steve

“New research into gender equality demonstrates how the age, size or location of an Irish higher education institution has very little to do with striking a balance at the top …” (more)

[John Holden, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Who should get promoted?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2014 by steve

“There’s a letter in this week’s THE, from 50 Cambridge academics, which may interest some readers. It’s about the ‘gender gap’ in academic promotions. The basic message (which I am no doubt crudifying) …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A Don’s Life, 22 February]

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€136,000 salary for Frank McCourt chair in writing

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2013 by steve

“The position to hold the first Chair in Creative Writing in memory of Frank McCourt has been advertised – with a starting salary in excess of €100,000 …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 2 September]

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The lamentable lack of female professors: Promotion and self-promotion

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“Women may fail to win chairs because they do not cite themselves enough. One of academia’s deficiencies is that, though its lecture halls and graduate schools are replete with women, its higher echelons are not …” (more)

[The Economist, 29 August]

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The university professor is always white

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2013 by steve

“Campaigners say universities will appoint more minority ethnic and female academics to the top jobs only when their funding depends on it …” (more)

[Rachel Williams, Guardian, 28 January]

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Hollowing Out

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2013 by steve

“So, thanks to Pearse Doherty we now have a clarity on the reduction in staffing from the top levels of Irish universities. In particular, TCD and Limerick …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 10 January]

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Professors proliferate amid quest for prestige

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2009 by steve

“University managers without high-level academic achievement are winning the title of professor for ‘authority needs’, according to a confidential report obtained by the HES. Academic distinction at the international level is the traditional criterion for Australian professorship, according to a report for the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. However, changes to higher education and academic roles over the past decade have had a run-on effect in changing the criteria for conferring the title of professor, according to the report’s author, Kelly Farrell …” (more)

[Guy Healy, The Australian Higher Education, 18 November]

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Overuse of professorships cheapens title, warns lecturer

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2009 by steve

UK“Universities are cheapening the title ‘professor’ by awarding it to administrators with no academic credentials, a senior lecturer argued today. Administrators are being rewarded with the rank if they hold ‘high status’ positions, while academics are considered worthy of the title only if they have an international reputation and scores of publications in their field, Dennis Hayes, senior education lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church, said …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 28 May]

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