Moving beyond “dead-end jobs” in higher education: Opinion


In a recent article for the Chronicle of Higher Ed, Kevin R McClure discusses the prevalence of “dead-end jobs” in postsecondary education and how the sector can remedy this issue. McClure argues that many jobs in the sector do not offer employees mobility, so employees must leave in order to advance in their career or receive a raise. This can also occur with faculty members, who may not see a clear career path or who anticipate animosity or suspicion from their peers if they move into an administrative role. The author recommends that department and institutional leaders remedy this issue by developing clear career tracks and ladders, investing in coaching and cross-training so that employees can continue to grow, and fostering talent that already exists on their campuses. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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