Fresh out of graduate school and desperate to pay off her student loans, Nicole Adams joins the faculty at Higher State University - a small university with a dubious past located in the middle of the Midwest. On her second day of classes as a new assistant professor of philosophy, still flustered and disoriented, Nicole is plunged into a campus-wide mystery. Someone has ransacked the office she shares with the ill-tempered R. Reylds Raskin, the department's senior professor, and he has since disappeared. Two weeks later, with Raskin still missing, Nicole receives a threatening phone call...Read one way, this is an entertaining parody of an academic mystery and a humorous take on academic life. Turning the book upside down reveals ather purpose. Each chapter is constructed as an informal case study/discussion story, as is made manifest by a series of discussion questions intended for faculty development, new faculty orientation, and conversations among faculty, administrators, and academic staff. As the mystery unfolds, each chapter finds Nicole encountering challenging situations - such as, the first day of class, student incivility, teaching evaluations, peer observation, academic assessment, the scholarship of teaching and learning, faculty and student rights and responsibilities, core curricula, and tenure standards.
Thomas B. Jones has thirty-five years experience in higher education as a professor of history, faculty developer, and academic administrator. He is co-author of Promoting Active Learning: Strategies for the College Classroom.