ERIC Number: ED240906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Growth Contracting for Faculty Development. Idea Paper No. 11.
Simpson, Ed; Oggel, Terry
The concept of growth contracting in higher education and the applications and limitations of growth plans are examined. In addition, critical steps in the process of developing contracts with faculty are identified. A professional growth plan is a binding agreement, which helps faculty and institutional representatives clarify specific goals. Support for reaching stated professional goals remains in effect until the agreement is mutually terminated. Contracting could be used for curriculum and program development, as well as for the acquisition of new research skills or experience. A faculty development advocate helps the faculty member become aware of all available resources. One limitation is that the plan is restricted to what is written, and midcourse alterations are not made easily. To motivate faculty members to participate, the benefits of the program must be made clear to the faculty. It is imperative that a healthy collegial relationship between faculty member and coordinator be established from the start. A final and important part of growth contracting is monitoring the plan once it has been initiated. A checklist of items to be considered for growth contracts is included, along with a list of strategies for information giving and information gathering during interviews with faculty members. (SW)
Descriptors: Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Performance Contracts, Productivity, Program Development, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Participation
Center for Faculty Evaluation & Development, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506 ($.20 each--minimum order 25 copies).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development in Higher Education.