ERIC Number: ED381213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
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Valencia Community College Faculty Academy: Preparing New Faculty for Tenure.
Gross, Edmund K.; Stovall, Randall H.
Valencia Community College's (VCC's) Faculty Academy was established to assist new tenure-track faculty successfully meet the college's criteria for tenure. In planning the Academy, surveys were conducted with administrators, full-time faculty and staff, and 34 new tenure-track faculty who were to participate in the Academy regarding their perceptions of areas that would be beneficial to new faculty. In addition, Robert Boice's views of faculty development provided the theoretical framework for the Academy. This framework holds that successful faculty members are active in departmental, college, student, and other out-of-class assignments; are able to identify and prioritize activities and issues; practice self-management; and have time to socialize with colleagues, students, and professionals. Six outcomes of an accomplished teacher were also developed to form the program's mission statement. The Academy consists of a 9-hour graduate school program or 135 contact hours over a 3-year period. Based on individual needs, faculty choose approximately half of the required hours in the program. The remaining 65 hours focus on such topics as collaborative learning, cultural diversity, critical thinking, assessment and placement, distance learning, computer literacy, classroom research, classroom feedback, test construction, and college history. In addition, participants attend at least one Board of Trustees meeting, videotape at least one class presentation for self-critique, and develop a portfolio and a group project. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Valencia Community College FL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (16th, Austin, TX, May 22-25, 1994).