An all-star cast of philosophical thinkers about higher education, more than half women, offers new essays exploring major ethical problems facing American higher education today. Among the crucial topics discussed are free speech on campus, challenges to the tenure system, the proliferation of adjunct faculty, historical injustices, affirmative action, admission policies, opportunities for applicants from the working-class, faculty and administrative responsibilities, student life, threats to privacy, treatment of those with disabilities, the impact of technology on teaching and learning, curricular controversies, the impact of unions, philanthropy, sports and intercollegiate athletics, and the aims of liberal education. The authors are leading researchers and teachers, many with extensive administrative experience, and they are members of the faculties at public and private institutions throughout the country. The essays are jargon-free and address the most pressing problems for higher education, weigh alternative policies, and assess future prospects for overcoming present challenges. Philosopher, scholar, teacher, and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a foreword to this unique collection.
List of Contributors: Christa Davis Acampora, Anita L. Allen, Alexandra Bradner, Harry Brighouse, Steven M. Cahn, Ann E. Cudd, N. Ann Davis, Judith Wagner DeCew, Richard De George, Kyla Ebels-Duggan, Deni Elliott, Dan Edelstein, Keota Fields, Leslie P. Francis, Peter A. French, Alan H, Goldman, Karen Hanson, Elizabeth Harman, David A. Hoekema, Laura M. Howard, James F. Keenan, Anthony Laden, Meira Levinson, Peter Markie, Mary Kate McGowan, Jennifer M. Morton, Debra Satz, David Shatz, Robert Simon, Cynthia A. Stark, Bryan Warnick, Shelley Wilcox
Steven M. Cahn is professor emeritus of philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he served for a decade as provost and vice president for The Office of Academic Affairs, then as acting president. He is the author or editor of nearly seventy books. Most recently he wrote Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia, 25th Anniversary Edition; From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor; Teaching Philosophy: A Guide; and Navigating Academic Life: How the System Works. He edited Morality, Responsibility, and the University: Studies in Academic Ethics; The Affirmative Action Debate; Moral Problems in Higher Education; and served as general editor of the fifteen-volume Rowman & Littlefield series Issues in Academic Ethics.
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
PART ONE: ACADEMIC FREEDOM
1 Racism, Naming Racism, and Academic Freedom
2. Free Speech Violations and Campus Politics
Mary Kate McGowan
PART TWO: TENURE
3. In Defense of Academic Tenure
Richard De George
4. What Should Count for Tenure and Promotion?
5. Academic Career Success
PART THREE: PRIVACY
6. Confidentiality and Professional Practice
7. Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
Christa Davis Acampora
PART FOUR: INJUSTICE
8. Misogyny, “Himpathy,” and Sexual Harassment
Cynthia A. Stark
9. Institutional Inequality
Jennifer M. Morton
PART FIVE: SEEKING JUSTICE
10. Reckoning with Past Injustice
Ann E. Cudd
11. Should Universities Pay Reparations?
Alan H. Goldman
12. Rethinking Affirmative Action
Steven M. Cahn
PART SIX: DISABILITIES
13. Achieving Disability Inclusion
14. Discontent with Disability Accommodations
N. Ann Davis
PART SEVEN: THE FORGOTTEN
15. Overlooking Community Colleges and the Working Class
James F. Keenan, S.J.
16. The Cruelty of the Adjunct System
PART EIGHT: ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
17. Prudent Reserve in Academic Administration
18. The Discretion of Academic Administrators
Anita L. Allen
PART NINE: TECHNOLOGY
19. Ethical Online University Instruction
20. Improving Fully Online Instruction
Laura M. Howard
PART TEN : ADMISSIONS
21. Merit, Wealth, and the Ethics of College Admissions
22. The Ethics of Doctoral Admissions
PART ELEVEN: STUDENTS
23. The Goals of Campus Discipline
24. The Social Costs of a College Education
Anthony Simon Laden
PART TWELVE: THE CURRICULUM
25. Why College? An Education for Freedom
Dan Edelstein and Debra Satz
26. Ethics Requirements in the Liberal Arts Curriculum]
PART THIRTEEN: THE UNIVERSITY’S MISSION
27. Taking Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Seriously
28. Assessing Faculty Unions
Judith Wagner DeCew
PART FOURTEEN: SPORTS
30. Intercollegiate Athletics as Entertainment
Peter A. French
31. Intercollegiate Athletics and Educational Values
About the Authors
A timely and provocative anthology by leading philosophers, created by an editor with a life-long interest in good teaching and ethical administration in higher education.
Steven Cahn is a giant when it comes to academic ethics. This is a must-read for everyone in academe.
Academic Ethics Today is an outstanding collection of 31 thought provoking new essays by leading philosophers. The chapters address a broad range of moral questions concerning academic life, from the nature of academic freedom and professors’ responsibilities to the role of administrators and the social mission of the university. The volume is arranged in 14 topical sections, allowing readers to access multiple perspectives on each theme. This collection is essential for anyone working in academia.
This is a valuable addition to the growing body of work on the ethical dimensions of higher education. As universities are subjected to moral scrutiny from all points on the political spectrum, its wide-ranging chapters offer models of deeply informed and ethically astute analysis from which we can all learn.
Steven Cahn has done a masterful job bringing together diverse and insightful scholars to examine important moral considerations in higher education. From admissions and athletics to technology and tenure, no ethically controversial issue for colleges and universities is off limits. Too often analyses of higher education – and even ethics – are centered on perspectives from the social sciences to the exclusion of the humanities. This volume bucks that trend and importantly centers philosophical thinking; chapter authors lay out astute arguments and key implications for ethical decision-making by campus leaders. Each timely issue is considered in a nuanced way, accessible and relevant to students, professors, and academic leaders alike.
Kudos to Steven Cahn for assembling this important and timely collection. The essays, written by a first rate set of authors, take on pressing moral issues facing universities and their students and faculties with clarity, insight, and a fair measure of audacity. The book is full of thoughtful and challenging arguments. It should be of interest to anyone involved in university life.
How do active anti-racism and anti-bias programs fit with free-speech protection? Can a series of blog posts constitute a legitimate part of a tenure case? Do academic administrators often seem to be lying or otherwise unduly circumspect? These are just a few of the topics addressed by the exceptionally thought-provoking, highly readable, philosophical essays in this important and timely volume.
7/12/22, APA Blog: Another excerpt from the book was posted, this time about the responsibilities of academic administrators.