ERIC Number: ED201254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
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An Analysis of Faculty Consistency in the Academic Professions.
Leverenz, Theo R.; Lewis, Bruce R.
Faculty consistency is defined as a faculty member's educational background and professional activity being in the same department as the department of teaching appointment. Data on full-time teaching faculty at research and doctoral-granting universities holding a single appointment in the departments of chemistry, physics, political science, and sociology from the 1972-73 American Council on Education faculty survey were analyzed for this factor. A total of 2560 faculty members were included. Sixteen measures relating to undergraduate teaching goals and six relating to research activity were extracted from the data. It was found that consistent faculty have teaching goals primarily concerned with discipline (subject-area) matters; inconsistent faculty have goals more closely related to general preparation for life. Consistent faculty tended to have greater research productivity. Further research on the concept and existence of faculty consistency as a distinguishing faculty characteristic is recommended, especially as it relates to departmental prestige, job satisfaction, perceptions of departmental goals, and promotion and tenure decisions. A list of references, data tables, and statistical analyses are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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