Higher Education

, Volume 66, Issue 5, pp 635–636 | Cite as

Philip G. Altbach, Liz Reisberg, Maria Yudkevich, Gregory Androushchak, Iván F. Pacheco (eds): Paying the professoriate: a global comparison of compensation and contracts

Routledge, New York, 2012, 370 p, Paperback, ISBN: 9780415898072
  • Ararat L. Osipian
Book Review

This book takes on the gargantuan task of describing the issue of paying to the professoriate in a variety of diverse national contexts. This issue is being considered in the context of major changes in higher education systems, reshaped by the key forces of massification, growing private sector, and globalization. The authors present the first comparative analysis of academic salaries, remuneration, and contracts for college professors in 28 countries throughout the world. As the editors acknowledge, “This research project remains exploratory in the sense that we do not have all of the answers, and the data sources remain inconsistent and in some cases problematical.” (p. xiii–xiv) One clear merit of the project is that it aims not only at such giants as the US and China, and heavyweights, such as Russia and Brazil, but also such small national systems as those found in Armenia and Latvia. This variety in size distorts comparison, as Altbach, Reisberg, and Pacheco acknowledge (p....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Peabody College of EducationVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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