ERIC Number: ED023373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
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A Study of Orientation of New Faculty Members in Michigan Community Colleges.
Eaton, John Mead
This study was made to (1) determine how Michigan junior colleges orient new faculty members, (2) obtain evaluation of the procedures from second-year faculty members, and (3) suggest improvements. Data were collected from administrators and new faculty by questionnaire and interview. Orientation practices found most significant and also most in need of emphasis were (1) faculty handbook, (2) group meetings for new faculty during the year, (3) an open-door policy to the administration, and (4) a pre-contract visit to the campus. In-service programs were important for (1) understanding the junior college philosophy, (2) learning student personnel services, (3) helping new faculty learn more about their students, (4) informing faculty about the legal obligations of counseling duties, (5) informing them about their own legal rights, and (6) easing communication in the classroom and among fellow teachers. Other reactions to the questions showed that new faculty (1) acquired knowledge of their duties from many sources, official or otherwise. , (2) found fellow faculty members mot helpful, (3) wanted adequate faculty handbooks, and (4) wanted more information on the objectives of the college. Further study is suggested on (1) what makes an adequate faculty handbook, (2) the self-concept of new faculty members, (3) how best to relate student personnel services to new faculty, and (4) faculty members' understanding of student characteristics. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Education.