ERIC Number: ED207469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Faculty Study in a Second Discipline: Survey of Fellows May 1981.
Broudy, H. S.; Plater, William M.
The Program for Faculty Study in a Second Discipline at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was designed to encourage interdisciplinary activity among faculty with tenure or on the tenure track. Faculty may request released time for the purpose of enlarging the range of their knowledge by a study of disciplines other than those in their present field of specialization. The forty-two faculty members who had been awarded grants during the past five years were surveyed, and 87 percent responded. Eighteen studied in a discipline outside their own college; 23 studied a single second discipline; and 11 studied in two or more disciplinary areas. The majority judged that the second discipline study significantly affected their teaching, research, and career development. Fifteen of the fellows studied their second discipline for one semester; 19 studied for an academic year or longer. Of those studying for one semester, 14 indicated that the length of time was inadequate; of those studying for one year, only 2 believed their study period inadequate. All of the fellows who commented on an appropriate period of study recommended a year or more. Twenty-seven of the fellows prepared in advance for their second discipline study, though few indicated extensive preparation. Most prepared by doing suggested readings in the new area. Only 11 of the fellows occupied an office in the host department; but only 13 indicated that they thought such an office would be important. The reactions of faculty and administrators in fellows' home departments were sometimes less than positive. Forty-eight percent suggested that they received mixed or indifferent reactions; 45 percent had clearly positive reactions. The remaining had negative reactions from colleagues. All 34 fellows urged that the program be kept separate from the sabbatical leave program. Background institutional memoranda and the application form are appended. (CC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana.