ERIC Number: ED187282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Attitudes at Indiana University School of Dentistry.
Sorcinelli, Mary Deane
Dental educators' attitudes toward academic life are examined through structured, in-depth interviews with 122 full- and part-time faculty at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Results showed that the major reasons for choosing an academic career were influence of a faculty member or dean, interest in the subject matter, economics, and a means to keep current in the field. The satisfactions of an academic career included relationships with students, the act of teaching, and interactions with colleagues. The major dissatisfactions included: effects of financial cutbacks; lack of recognition and reward (non-salary); lack of time for research, teaching and service responsibilities; and low salary. Among the satisfactions with the Indiana University School of Dentistry were academic challenge and freedom, relationships with colleagues, the school's national reputation, and relationships with students. Dissatisfactions with the school involved the decline in the quality of education offered, effects of financial cutbacks, low salary, and administrative and departmental organizational problems. More than three-fourths of the respondents had no systematic method for assessing their teaching effectiveness. Research was reported as the major criterion for awarding tenure and promotion although two-thirds indicated their major interest and involvement was in teaching activities. The questionnaire is appended. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Compensation (Remuneration), Dental Schools, Educational Quality, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Promotion, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Medical School Faculty, Organizational Climate, Participant Satisfaction, Private Colleges, Professional Education, Questionnaires, Research Opportunities, Retrenchment, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Salaries, Teaching (Occupation), Tenure
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Dentistry.