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ERIC Number: ED349058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: 0
Determining Faculty Attitudes toward Incentives and Rewards.
Murray, Steven F.
The purposes of a survey administered to all 60 faculty members at Phillips County Community College in Helena, Arkansas were: (1) to determine the types of incentives and rewards faculty perceive as most likely to encourage their participation in professional development activities; (2) to determine their degree of interest in specific professional development activities and topics; and (3) to assess faculty perceptions about the outcomes associated with participating in development programs. Study findings, based on a 75% response rate, included the following: (1) only 5 of 13 incentives for participating in faculty development activities were viewed by faculty as at least somewhat likely to encourage their participation; these were travel funds to attend conferences, paid release time for professional development, funds for innovative proposals to improve or develop a course, support and encouragement from senior-level administrators, and support and encouragement from department heads; (2) incentives were perceived as more likely than rewards to encourage faculty participation in the development activities; (3) among the 38 development activities listed on the survey, faculty expressed the greatest interest in those relating to changing students' attitudes or abilities, particularly in the areas of self-esteem, critical thinking, and problem solving; and (4) faculty perceived intrinsic benefits such as increased effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction as at least somewhat likely to result from their participation in professional development activities. Five data tables are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Phillips County Community College AR
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (14th, Austin, TX, May 24-27, 1992).