ERIC Number: ED199796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Applied Communication: Use of Speech Communication Faculty Expertise in University Administration.
Based on the observation that speech communication faculty often contribute their expertise in the business world but seldom have the opportunity to do so where administrative policy is concerned, a study was conducted to determine how active the speech communication expert is in the development and implementation of policy on his or her campus. Subjects were 226 members of the Speech Communication Association (SCA) selected from the "Speech Communication Directory," 1980. The subjects, representing four academic ranks, a ratio of men to women similar to that of the SCA, and a variety of sizes and types of institutions, were asked to respond to a 15-question survey by indicating the amount of involvement they had with service to the institution. The return of the survey was 54%, or 122 respondents. According to the results, service in committee work occured frequently, but there was little opportunity for service on committees as communication experts for mediation of conflict, trouble shooters for communication problems, or committee leaders. There was very little opportunity to serve the college administration as spokespersons or speech writers, or as parliamentarians to the faculty senate. There was also little participation in advising administrators on ways of improving vertical communication between administration and faculty, and 91% indicated that they had never been asked to conduct a workshop in listening by their administration. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Faculty Activity Analysis; Speech Communication Association
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Austin, TX, April 7-10, 1981).