September 23, 2012
When universities close entire programs, professors are forced to hit reset
Sebastien Bozon, AFP, for The Chronicle
Most were midcareer or senior professors. Some had spent dozens of years crafting a legacy in their departments. And then, with little warning, the professional life they had built came to an end.
Washington State University, like many other cash-strapped institutions in recent years, decided to cut back. In 2009 the university eliminated two departments and one of its foreign-language majors. Professors were stunned. Some felt intense pressure to chart a new career. Others simply