ERIC Number: ED368020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-18
Reference Count: N/A
The Emerging Professoriate in Community Colleges.
Engleberg, Isa N.
Graduate students who want to teach at a community college are neither prepared nor qualified for the job since specialized discipline-based doctorate programs offer graduates little to help them find a job as community college instructors. A significant percentage of the professoriate in higher education is employed in community college education, and community colleges will be hiring many new part-time faculty to fill vacancies caused by retirement. Graduate programs in general, and speech communication programs in particular, have not satisfied the demands of the community college markets: the community college professoriate has been overlooked or dismissed by some colleagues in four-year colleges; community colleges will continue to hire home-grown faculty because graduate institutions have been unresponsive; and community colleges will continue to emphasize instruction as the basis for hiring. Discipline-based graduate programs should allow and encourage students to consider careers as two-year college faculty and to earn credit for field experience, universities should work with community colleges to create faculty exchange programs, and graduate programs should recruit community college faculty in addition to traditional graduate students. In 1988, George Mason University created a doctoral program in community college teaching, but the program is not available for faculty teaching speech communication. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: George Mason University VA; Professional Concerns
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).