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Will Covid-19 Revive Faculty Power?

In 2011, Benjamin Ginsberg, a political-science professor at the Johns Hopkins University, published The Fall of the Faculty, a blistering argument thatover the previous three decades, administrators without serious academic backgrounds had swelled in number, shrinking the power of professors.Naveeda Khan, a fellow Hopkins scholar, remembers reading the book but not finishing it. She got the gist and didn’t think she needed to understand “the minutiae,” says Khan, an associate professor of anthropology.But this summer, she’s reading it again. Both “for knowledge,” she says, “and for strategy.” This is the pandemic era.In March, leaders had to make unprecedented decisions by
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