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Philip H. Birnbaum, Frederick A. Rossini, and Donald R. Baldwin

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780195062526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195062526.001.0001

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American Science, Academic Organization, and Interdisciplinary Research

American Science, Academic Organization, and Interdisciplinary Research

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(p.97) 9 American Science, Academic Organization, and Interdisciplinary Research
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International Research Management
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Robert S. Friedman

Renee C. Friedman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195062526.003.0010

Teaching roles have been the dominant features in the organizational hierarchy and character of universities for the past three millennia, considering the transformations proposed to and experienced by these educational institutions. In particular, distinctions that were earlier made between disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches are situated in the American academe context. This type of institution is best explained as a set of independent departments instead of anarchy with disciplinary subordination. Proposed revolutions in the academic realm suggest promotional opportunities, career growth, curriculum control, effective professorial designation, multiple collaborations of various departments, efficient allocation of resources, and fulfillment of needs. Such reforms are determined by constant and voluntary assistance and general acceptance from three main sources: donors, campus administration, and concerned faculty members.

Keywords:   teaching profession, universities, interdisciplinary approach, collaboration, sponsors, administration, faculty

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