ERIC Number: ED214463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Project PROF: A Professional Development Program for College Faculty.
Cooper, Colleen R.
Project PROF, a professional development program for experienced teaching faculty in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University, is described, and results of a faculty assessment of the program are summarized. Program objectives include: increased faculty self-assessment as related to teaching; expose faculty to creative problem-solving; introduce faculty to different environments, new concepts, and experts; promote professionalism in teaching within the discipline; and provide an opportunity for the implementation of what is learned. Program components include: session focusing on better understanding of oneself and others by learning to interpret the Myers-Briggs Personality Preference Indicator and identifying and coping with stress; microteaching; a retreat designed to develop group cohesiveness which included sessions on managerial-leadership styles, creative problem solving, and learning and motivation; exposure of faculty to a new environment and growth experiences through the Creative Problem Solving Institute; and industrial education tours. Based on responses to a faculty questionnaire, the PROF experience was judged to extend beyond teaching and the classroom. It had a pervasive effect on participants' lives through increased self-understanding. Some program participants left the university to pursue new careers, others refocused their direction at the university, and some periodically reflect on their PROF experience when difficult decisions need to be made. (SW)
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Higher Education, Individual Development, Instructional Improvement, Interpersonal Competence, Leadership Styles, Microteaching, Participant Satisfaction, Problem Solving, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Self Evaluation (Individuals), State Universities, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan State University; Project PROF
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 1982).