Guido Marx and “The Problem of the Assistant Professor”


(Courtesy of Stanford University Archives)

Stanford engineering professor Guido Marx (1871-1949) was a member of the committee that organized the founding meeting of the AAUP. Between 1915 and 1919, he served on the Council and on two committees related to membership. He also served on the first investigation of the University of Montana in 1915. Marx was an outspoken advocate for less empowered faculty members. He unsuccessfully tried to make them eligible for membership early in the founding of the Association, and his survey of their difficulties in American higher education at the beginning of the 20th century gives us tremendous insight into the professional lives of faculty on quasi-contingent appointments during that time.

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