ERIC Number: ED336130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-21
Reference Count: 0
The Cutting Edge: Sharpening Faculty Skills in a Changing World.
Layne, Rosemary G.; Forester, Glenn
As part of its faculty development efforts, Brevard Community College (BCC) offers a 4- to 6-week Return To Industry (RTI) summer program for faculty interested in updating and expanding their skills and knowledge base in order to remain current with changing technology. The RTI program has the following characteristics: (1) it is open to faculty in all disciplines; (2) it is offered in the summer during non-contract time; (3) interested faculty propose their own objectives, suggest industry sites, and identify the experience's benefits to their program; (4) faculty receive a modest stipend; and (5) faculty can use the program as credit towards the graduate coursework hours required as part of the teaching contract at BCC. During the 9 years of RTI's existence, 54 BCC faculty members have received training, and over 40 business firms and government agencies have participated. In addition to benefiting from the upgrading of skills and technical knowledge in their field, teachers participating in the program report a renewed enthusiasm for teaching and an ability to integrate their on-site experiences into classroom lectures. Participating businesses and agencies welcome having an additional skilled "employee" at no cost to the company, and appreciate the benefits of having a relationship with the teachers who instruct the future employee pool, and who can refer the best graduates to the company. A report reviewing the summer 1990 RTI program is provided, including open-ended responses from follow-up surveys of participating faculty and industry representatives. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Job Skills, Professional Development, School Business Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Skills, Technological Advancement, Technological Literacy, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Brevard Community College FL
Note: Speech presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development National Annual Conference on Teaching Excellence (13th, Austin, TX, May 19-22, 1991).