ERIC Number: ED181823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Outside Professional Activities.
The disadvantages of faculty participation in outside professional activities that result in extra income are discussed. These activities include: consulting, producing copyrighted and patented works, giving speeches or lectures, and teaching for other institutions and organizations. A significant increase in the amount of outside consulting work done by faculty in recent years is noted. It is suggested that this is due to a growth in the reliance upon colleges and universities to provide expertise that could be applied to social problems. As a result, today's academician is viewed as a sophisticated professional in a variety of business and political arenas. Distrust of the academic profession by its clientele (both students and taxpayers) is cited as a direct consequence of this type of activity since it demands more time away from the institution and teaching responsibilities and often the use of university supplies, materials, facilities, and name. Guidelines employed by various institutions for regulating outside activities are also discussed. Ethical issues underlying this behavior are examined and it is suggested that these widely accepted practices warrant careful reexamination. Increased governmental attention to time-accountability for funded research projects also reflects a growing concern with outside professional activities. It is concluded that conflicts of interest, short-changing of academic duties, and economic self-serving are important issues that should be examined closely so that better relationships can be established between faculty and their various clienteles. (SF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A