Faculty in Argentine National Universities. Obstacles to Faculty Career


  • Ana García de Fanelli IDAES- UNSAM
  • Marina Moguillansky IDAES-UNSAM




Faculty, faculty career, higher education


This paper analyzes the performance of¨ the mechanisms to hire and promote faculty in Argentine national universities. To accomplish this task, we carried out 156 in-depth interviews with faculty from seven national universities and two fields of knowledge, biology and administration. The faculty stresses the existence of failures in the open competitive contests as the main obstacle both to promotion to higher positions and to obtaining full-time jobs. Their critical observations stress job instability, budget constraints to hold the open competitive contests and their politicization, the criteria used to evaluate the candidates, the jury composition, and competition and its impact on the labor climate.

            Some universities have tried to overcome the failures in the open competitive contests via the implementation of a “faculty career” (probation-free tenure track) that would introduce an ongoing evaluation mechanism of the teaching performance and guarantee stable posts. In so doing, they had to confront new obstacles: insufficient funds to carry out the promotions, a complex evaluation system with some faculty opposition and high management costs, and the stagnation of the job structure as a consequence of the introduction of permanent posts. 


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Author Biographies

Ana García de Fanelli, IDAES- UNSAM

Ana García de Fanelli es Licenciada y Doctora en Economía por la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la UBA y Magíster en Ciencias Sociales por FLACSO Argentina. Se desempeña como Investigadora del CONICET y como Directora e Investigadora Titular del CEDES (Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad). Como docente de grado, posee una extensa trayectoria en la Carrera de Sociología y la Carrera de Economía de la UBA y es docente visitante en la Carrera de Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidad de San Andrés.

Marina Moguillansky, IDAES-UNSAM

Marina Moguillansky es Magíster en Sociología de la Cultura (IDAES- UNSAM), Especialista en Estadística para las Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) y Licenciada en Sociología (FCS-UBA). Ha investigado temas de educación superior en el Instituto de Investigación Gino Germani (FCS-UBA) bajo la dirección de Francisco Naishtat y en el Centro de Estudios del Estado y la Sociedad (CEDES) bajo la dirección de Ana Fanelli. Es docente de la Carrera de Sociología de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Buenos Aires.



How to Cite

García de Fanelli, A., & Moguillansky, M. (2014). Faculty in Argentine National Universities. Obstacles to Faculty Career. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 22, 47. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v22n47.2014



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