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ERIC Number: ED298843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Helping New Faculty Adjust to Careers at Liberal Art Colleges.
Wylie, Neil R.
Problems of new faculty acculturation at liberal arts colleges were studied by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) with the help of a 40-month grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Discussions with faculty members had revealed that many new faculty members were not comfortable at their institutions, due to perceptions that they were less than first-class citizens, they were carrying more than their fair share of work, the institution was not serious about awarding them tenure, and various constituencies within the institution were not being fair to them in describing the real criteria for earning tenure. Also, tenured faculty tended to view new faculty with suspicion. The FIPSE project resulted in a series of activities, including workshops for new faculty and for department chairs; an investigation of contemporary career patterns and tenure practices; home campus activities tailored to the new faculty; and an inter-institutional mentoring program. Results indicate a greater appreciation of and willingness to deal with the problems of new faculty, greater support for them, and more understanding of and interest in them. Twelve appendices include: insights and information for FIPSE staff; GLCA conference agendas; "Current Appointment and Tenure Practices: Their Impact on New Faculty Careers," by Robert T. Blackburn and Neil Wylie; a questionnaire on job responsibilities and institutional policies; a sample letter sent to new faculty; related correspondence; "Enhancing Faculty Validity through Collaboration among Colleagues," by Neil Wylie and Jon W. Fuller; and a final memo to those interested in the GLCA program. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Great Lakes Colleges Association, Ann Arbor, MI.