Academics on Both Sides of Administration-Faculty Divide Warn of Its Perils

When John Wooding was promoted from political-science professor to provost at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, he joked that he had moved to "the dark side." But, in fact, he says, his former peers on the faculty almost immediately started to treat him like an other.

One colleague who regularly wore jeans showed up in his office in a suit. Others started calling him by his title, not his name. "The whole tenor of how you are treated changes," Mr. Wooding says. "These were