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ERIC Number: ED215555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Hiring Practices in Foreign Language Departments.
Lopez, Mary de; And Others
A survey questionnaire designed to investigate hiring practices was mailed to 118 foreign language departments of U.S. colleges and universities that advertised fulltime teaching positions in the "Chronicle of Higher Education" from September 1979 to June 1980. Of the 85 returns, 69 responses met the requirements of the study and were used in the analyses. The results indicated that the degree specialities of the faculty hired often did not match their assigned teaching areas. Whereas three times more positions were in undergraduate language as compared to literature teaching, four out of every five newly hired faculty specialized in literature. Although the hiring of native vs. nonnative speakers appeared to be within the range of the estimated proportions, a closer look revealed that a substantial number of the new hirings in both large and small language divisions did not enhance proportionate representation of native and nonnative speakers. Finally, the qualifications and teaching assignments of hired native vs. nonnative speakers seemed to be comparable, with the exception that there was a tendency for positions at senior faculty rank to be filled by nonnative candidates. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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