ERIC Number: ED171354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
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Back to the Salt Mines--Career Faculty Returning to Industry.
Parsons, Michael H.
A cultural lag exists between the expectations of new community college students and the faculty who teach them. Part-time students, the underemployed, women entering or re-entering the labor force, minorities, and those seeking new careers are today's clients. During the last decade, occupational faculty have become isolated from their areas of expertise, and models for occupational faculty development programs are lacking. Hagerstown Junior College (Maryland) initiated research into staff development for occupational faculty that resulted in an innovative strategy. Using data from a survey of local industry and an experiment with one teacher conducting a training program on-site, the college obtained a grant to place, over a five-year period, all its career faculty in a business or industrial setting to validate theory, study current practice, or apply problem-solving techniques. Criteria were developed for selection of faculty proposals to "return to industry." Five, out of seven, proposals were approved in 1978. Summative and formative evaluations of the projects illustrated the validity of on-site return to industry in areas related to teaching fields. In 1979, the second year of the project, nine additional proposals were approved, so that by the end of the 1979 cycle, ten of the college's 14 occupational programs will have had a faculty member return to industry and then to the classroom. (RC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Faculty Development, Inplant Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Technological Advancement, Trade and Industrial Teachers, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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