ERIC Number: ED257506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Liberal Arts Instructors: Demographics and Professional Orientations.
CSCC Bulletin, iss 13 1984
In spring 1983, the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) surveyed a random sample of 403 instructors teaching academic courses in community college districts in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Miami-Dade, and St. Louis in order to discover the experiences and aspirations of people teaching the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and arts. Study findings, based on responses from 403 instructors, included the following: (1) most respondents fell into the 41 to 50 years age span (37%); (2) 228 instructors had previously taught in high schools, and of these, 33% did so for 5 to 10 years; (3) 48% of the respondents had worked at their current college for 11 to 20 years; (4) 69% of the sample were males; (5) Chicago had the most full-time instructors (78%), while Dallas had the most part-time instructors; (6) 71% of the respondents held a master's degree, and 27% held a doctorate; (7) with respect to professional involvement, 26% of the group had received a formal award for outstanding teaching, 19% had authored or co-authored a book, 36% had published a journal article, 33% had taught interdisciplinary courses, 45% had taught occupational students, and 51% had promoted their own courses; and (8) when asked about their 5-year career aspirations, 24% felt a position at a four-year college to be desirable, 9% wanted an administrator position, and 59% wanted to be doing what they were currently doing. The study summary includes comparisons among the districts. (AYC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.