ERIC Number: ED263831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Recruiting and Selecting College Faculty. Higher Education Series, Topical Paper 8502.
Cardozier, V. R.
The process of recruiting and selecting college faculty at a new college, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, is discussed. The university was established in September 1973 to serve students who would complete 2 years at community/junior colleges in the Permian Basin area. The school's mission and the two towns near the college are described (Odessa and Midland). Faculty were sought who had subject knowledge and enthusiasm for the discipline, enthusiasm for teaching, empathy for students, commitment to high academic standards, and the ability to get along with colleagues and administrators. Most of the faculty recruiting was done at leading research universities out of state. Personnel practices at the new university included: term tenure, student ratings of teachers each semester, linking salary increases and teaching performance, and an annual faculty award of $1,000 for outstanding teaching. Faculty evaluation committees and administrators terminated nontenured faculty as soon as it became apparent that they were not effective teachers or did not fit the institution, usually within 2 or 3 years instead of the maximum of 6 years. The institution's policy on research and publication is discussed, along with the relationship between the school and the community. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Dept. of Educational Administration.