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ERIC Number: ED216633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Faculty Colleagueship Patterns and Research Productivity.
Finkelstein, Martin
The effect on productivity on different types of collegial interaction among faculty were studied with attention to institutional type, disciplinary affiliation, orientation to teaching versus research, and career age. Collegial interaction was defined in terms of the reciprocal fulfillment of needs or exchange of services that occur in the course of faculty interactions. A questionnaire asked respondents to indicate whether each of 30 functions colleagues may perform was currently being fulfilled for them by: their department colleagues, their extra-departmental campus colleagues, and their off-campus disciplinary colleagues. The questionnaire also solicited data on various professional characteristics, including their publications. Usable responses were obtained from 95 faculty of a private research university and 81 faculty of 2 private liberal arts colleges in the Rocky Mountain region. The original 30 functions performed by colleagues were reduced to 4 factors/need categories by 2 rounds of factor analysis, and 4 distinguishable colleagueship patterns were identified. The patterns of collegial interaction were examined in detail with respect to professional orientation, age, and type of school. A main finding was that the overall pattern and structure of collegial need fulfillment is importantly associated with research productivity. The particular pattern that marked the productive faculty member combined strong off-campus collegial functioning with strong departmental functioning and relative insulation from extra-departmental campus colleagues. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A