ERIC Number: ED024353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Aug
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Faculty-Administration Conflict in California Public Junior Colleges: An Analysis and a Proposal for Resolution.
Niland, William Patrick
This study identifies areas of administration-faculty conflict and offers a strategy for resolution. Information was collected by mail and interview. From the findings, inferences were drawn relating to the causes of conflict, as shown by the differences in perception of the administrator and teacher, in attitudes to the open-door policy, and in opinions on the efficacy of a senate in policy making. Conditions working for change in the present authority structure include not only the formation of teacher organizations but also state legislation of funds for instruction and mandatory faculty senates. It is apparent that conflict, inevitable under some conditions, can be alleviated if certain theoretical factors are considered. The administration faces three groups of faculty (activist, generally supportive, and complacent). By working with the middle group, the administration can discover the causes of the conflicts and work them out in a professional manner. Any agreement should include (1) recognition of the local faculty organization as agent, (2) establishment of channels of communication, (3) guarantee of room for negotiation, and (4) a stipulation of appellate procedures in cases of deadlock. The question in the junior college seems to be not whether school boards and administrators will negotiate with teachers but how they will do so. (HH)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Doctoral Dissertations, Faculty Organizations, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Associations, Two Year Colleges
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.