Developmental Stages in Academic Life: a book review

thoughts, prayers & songs:

Gary Burge is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and boasts a career of over thirty years teaching. He wrote Mapping Your Academic Career as a resource for faculty development programs and to shepherd Academics (or would-be-academics) through the various cohorts of Academic life.

2473Burge draws on the insights of developmental psychology and applies it to academia, particularly the vocation of professor. He identifies three  developmental cohorts that faculty goes through out their careers. Cohort 1, represents professors starting their academic career (rough age range is 28-38);  Cohort 2 are established professors (rough age range 34-55); Cohort 3 are professors nearing the end of their career (age range 50-70) (23).

Each stage in a faculty’s career has its own characteristics, dangers and goals. Professors in cohort 1 are looking for security . This cohort is the stage where professional  core identity is formed,  peer relationships are formed, and professors…

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