ERIC Number: ED210985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Troubles with Teaching Undergraduates: Problems Arising from Organizational, Professional, Collegial and Client Relationships.
Parelius, Robert James
Hypothetical and actual problems in the organizational, professional, collegial, and client relationships of college faculty were studied. A list of hypothetical problems was derived from a systematic literature search, and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 32 faculty of history, biological science, political science, and business economics departments of a small, Eastern private college. Among the findings are the following: respondents recognized that within the academic profession research productivity is more highly valued than teaching excellence; historians and political scientists understood that they faced restricted career opportunities, but still displayed relatively high morale; members of all departments felt that their teaching loads made it difficult for them to keep up with their fields; many professors felt that public commitments to both high standards of scholarship and teaching excellence were sometimes contradicted by personnel actions; strained collegial relationships both within and between departments existed; and the majority of respondents were displeased by the large number of poorly prepared and motivated students. None of the following hypothetical organizational problems were widely recognized at the college: professional isolation, excessive professional demands, large classes, pressure to relax standards, inadequate pay, loose-coupling, threats to academic freedom, and limited opportunities for tenure. It is suggested that virtually all of the serious problems are related to the dilemma of attracting students while maintaining high academic standards. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Environment, College Faculty, College Instruction, Departments, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Organizational Climate, Private Colleges, Productivity, Research Projects, Scholarship, Small Colleges, Student Evaluation, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Research Council.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (Toronto, Canada, August 1981).