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ERIC Number: ED294502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 19
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To Be or Not To Be: When and Why Faculty Decide To Be Faculty.
Fuhrmann, Barbara S.; And Others
The choice of an academic career was investigated with 671 full-time faculty members at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Faculty respondents indicated their departmental and school affiliation, the point in their educational development at which they decided on a college faculty career, their age at the time of that decision, and whether the decision to pursue an academic career came before or after the decision to focus on a discipline or specialty. It was found that the major of respondents made the decision to become a faculty member after completing college: 40% made the decision while in graduate school, and 27% made it after graduate school. Only 15% decided during their undergraduate years, with the remaining 8% deciding either in high school or between undergraduate and graduate school. Faculty in the humanities and sciences tended to make the decision earlier in their educational careers, while those in the health sciences professions tended to make it later. An additional finding was that the decision to enter academic life is heavily influenced by positive teaching experiences and by positive role models and mentors. 9 references. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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