ERIC Number: ED205150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of Mid-Career Faculty: A Systematic Approach. Final Report.
Winstead, Philip C.
The objective of the mid-career faculty project was to implement and test a program of personal and professional growth for mid-career faculty members at Furman University ranging in age from 35 to 55. These faculty members constituted approximately 80 percent of the Furman faculty. Faculty who participated in the program submitted to a faculty steering committee detailed five-year professional growth plans in which they analyzed their personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOTs). They also had to list their professional objectives for the next five years, show how these objectives related to the SWOTs analyses of their department and/or the university, and enumerate activities that were designed to achieve these objectives. The program was designed to operate in three phases: (1) needs-assessment planning, (2) implementation, and (3) summative evaluation and dissemination. Several recommendations were offered, including these: the responsibility for faculty development should be located in the office of hte Academic Dean, and faculty development activities should be viewed in the university reward structure as equally important as research and publication. Appendices include: project evaluation questionnaire, pre- and post-survey; newsletter; and a list of the Mellon Steering Committee members. (LC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Furman Univ., Greenville, SC.