ERIC Number: ED242241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Self-Reliant Academic.
Furniss, W. Todd
Recommendations for faculty members who are secure in their positions are offered to promote career alternatives beyond those prescribed by their institution. The recommendations cover the implementation and operation of self-help organizations. A survey of faculty members found that faculty members were almost completely dependent on their institutions for all their professional and many of their personal needs. Those facing no job emergency were reluctant to see any urgency in action to improve their occupational and personal options. Attention is directed to the freelancer as a model for faculty emulation. The following functions are suggested for self-help organizations: assessing the faculty member's interests, skills, and preferences; personal financial planning services; providing information concerning the nonacademic occupational world; providing resources to the member who wishes to conduct a private search concerning alternative roles; providing office facilities; and providing training (e.g., the use of microcomputers). In addition, it is proposed that the organization can act as an agent for individual faculty members in marketing their services. Ideas for more advantageous financial arrangements (e.g., proprietorship) and the issue of conflict of interest are also addressed. (SW)
Descriptors: Career Development, College Faculty, Employment Opportunities, Entrepreneurship, Faculty Organizations, Financial Services, Higher Education, Individual Development, Job Satisfaction, Multiple Employment, Occupational Information, Self Help Programs
Macmillan Publishing, Front and Brown Sts., Riverside, NJ 08075 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.; Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, New York, NY.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.