ERIC Number: ED168405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development Through Growth Contracts Handbook.
Heie, Harold; And Others
The program of faculty development by growth contracting at Gordon College, Massachusetts, is described and evaluated, and a faculty development manual is presented. Under the growth contracting program, each participating faculty member writes a faculty profile that contains an assessment of strengths and weaknesses, a statement of current faculty roles, an assessment of effectiveness in carrying out these roles, and a statement of long-range professional and personal goals, typically for a period of from three to five years. The profile forms the basis for a series of yearly individual development plans (growth contracts) intended to cumulatively implement one's long-range goals. Principles for faculty growth contracting and questions and problems that have arisen are discussed. Suggestions are offered for institutions which are contemplating growth contracting as a means for faculty development. A summary of results of an evaluation of the program and a discussion of possible factors contributing to positive results are presented. The faculty development manual defines responsibilities of personnel and departments and outlines implementation procedures. Appendices include a sample faculty profile, annual plan, budget form, ledger sheet, evaluation form, and suggested guidelines for advisory committees. (SW)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, College Faculty, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Guidelines, Guides, Higher Education, Performance Contracts, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Resource Materials, Self Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Role
Gordon College, Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA 01984
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Gordon Coll., Wenham, MA.