ERIC Number: ED263650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Renewing the Commitment to Scholarship.
Friedrich, Gustav W.
The speech communication department chair's most important function involves creating a healthy departmental climate for professional growth and development. While the department chair must be able to recognize and accept the fact that some faculty members cannot or will not improve their performance, there are still four principles he or she can observe in an effort to renew faculty commitment to scholarship. First, set realistic expectations of scholarship, or rather, define scholarship broadly enough so that all contributions to knowledge--including those that describe educational strategies and techniques--are encouraged. Second, make the initiative a departmental one. The goals of an effort to renew commitment to scholarship must be seen as set by the faculty members since their participation and acceptance are a necessary foundation for effective implementation. To this end, a departmental committee on research, appointed by the chair, can not only aid in setting and clarifying departmental goals, but also provide faculty leadership in locating and organizing resources for the achievement of those goals. Third, think big, but start where the chances for success are high. Initial efforts might focus on a small group of motivated volunteers, with changes kept to a minimum to avoid resistance. Fourth, provide options and be flexible. No single approach is suitable for all faculty members and the identification of a variety of approaches enables faculty members to choose the ones best suited to their style and needs. Approaches might include participation on a research team, exchanges and sabbaticals, and participation in local, regional, or national conferences. (HTH)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Communication Research, Department Heads, Departments, Educational Cooperation, Educational Improvement, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Professional Development, Scholarship, Speech Communication, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (71st, Denver, CO, November 7-10, 1985).