ERIC Number: ED258507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Faculty Careers: Personal, Institutional and Societal Dimensions.
Sorcinelli, Mary Deane
The interests and needs for professional development of 112 Indiana University faculty were studied, through interviewing and questionnaire administration. The faculty ranks in this sample approximated the full-time faculty population: assistant professors (21 percent), associate professors (30 percent), and full professors (49 percent). In addition to the faculty roles of teaching, research, and service, influences of career development were identified, including the community and academic environment, institutional resources, and satisfactions gained from work. The following obstacles to career development were cited: time, salary, and resources such as graduate student fellowships, internal research support, equipment, and materials. Governance issues, such as administrative attitudes toward faculty, were also mentioned as affecting faculty members' work. Faculty recommendations for enhancing the environment included: reexamining or creating institutional policies, and developing incentives for research, teaching, and service, including released time, internal support, and collegial support. Policy needs concerned faculty evaluation, leaves and sabbaticals, retirement options, and dual careers. Appended are a questionnaire, and interview questions and coding format. (SW)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Faculty, Employment Practices, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Faculty Workload, Financial Needs, Governance, Higher Education, Incentives, Institutional Research, Job Satisfaction, Personnel Policy, Policy Formation, Questionnaires, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).