ERIC Number: ED265911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Complex Challenge of Professional Development: Current Trends and Future Opportunities.
Ryder, Henry D.; Perabo, George W.
In 1984-85, a study was conducted to gather information about current professional development policies in New Jersey's county colleges, professional development activities and opportunities, the effectiveness of these activities, variations among campuses and disciplines, and incentives for participation. The study involved surveys of the academic deans of New Jersey's 19 community colleges and of 1,094 faculty members at eight of the institutions. Study findings, based on responses from 17 academic deans and 401 faculty members, included the following: (1) industry experience and doctoral programs were felt to have the greatest impact on teaching, while publication had the least; (2) as faculty members grew older, their perception of the effectiveness of doctoral studies diminished; (3) while only 26% of responding faculty members who had been employed 5 years or less had pursued a doctorate since their employment, 46% of those who had been employed over 6 years had pursued a doctorate; (4) with respect to their plans for professional development, 86% of the respondents planned to attend conferences and 52% planned to publish; (5) the three factors that were consistently linked to increased job satisfaction and challenge were recognition, more pay, and better prepared students in class; and (6) the professional development activities identified by the deans as encouraged at the college included mini-grants for research, membership in professional associations, participation in workshops and conferences, travel, and publication. The survey instruments and a tally of the 401 faculty respondents cross tabulated by rank are appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey