• Mary E. Hunt


As long as there is a pecking order, there will be a top rank. In academia, the graduate student assistant is on the bottom, followed by lecturers, who are usually adjuncts. On a tenuretrack, one becomes assistant, then associate, and then, perhaps, full professor. Some schools provide endowed chairs or the rank of “university professor” for those they consider the most distinguished full professors. It remains to be proved whether such rankings (which usually carry not only increased salary and benefits but also other privileges as one ascends the scale) are the ideal approach. For now, it is what we all face. Less formal structures for the same dynamic are found in the many other institutions in which we work.

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