Building a Foundation for Academic Excellence: Towards a Blueprint for The Professional Treatment of Disempowered Faculty

Stephen Dilks


This presentation explores what tenured and tenure-line 
faculty can do to help transform the institutional position of 
part-time faculty.  While it suggests what we can do to end the 
exploitation and abuse of our colleagues, it is not about the 
legitimization of these colleagues.  They are already legitimate, 
they are already professional.  My concern is with the role of 
the tenured and the tenure-track, of academic administrators and 
others with institutional authority, in the empowerment of 
colleagues who are an indispensible part of UMKC.  It is about 
how "we" might become more professional in the treatment of 
colleagues who can teach "us" a thing or two about 

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