ERIC Number: ED245239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Survey Reveals Journalism Administrators Prefer Traditional Types of "Research."
Fedler, Fred; Smith, Ron F.
Ninety-four college journalism administrators responded to a questionnaire designed to determine which research activities they felt were most important for tenure evaluation of journalism instructors. All respondents were members of the American Society of Journalism School Administrators. Respondents ranked the importance of 33 activities specific to journalism research. The results indicated that respondents clearly considered some types of research more valuable than others. The types considered most valuable included writing a scholarly book, writing a refereed article for a national journal, and writing a textbook. The activities considered least valuable included editing a newsletter for a nonjournalism group, publishing a photograph in a local newspaper, and appearing on a television program unrelated to a faculty member's teaching assignment. Many of the respondents said some activities were forms of teaching or service, not research. They expressed the greatest disagreement about the more professional or media related activities, such as working part time for a newspaper. Most preferred articles published in refereed, national journals rather than local or nonrefereed journals. They also preferred articles written by a single faculty member, articles related to a faculty member's teaching assignment, and research published in journals rather than presented as a convention paper. (Activity rankings and a copy of the questionnaire are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Society of Journalism Administrators
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).