ERIC Number: ED314974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Institutional and Graduate School Consumerism: The Missing Link of Commitment to Teaching.
Caskey, Sheila; Cochran, Leslie H.
The paper examines issues of teaching quality at the university level and offers recommendations concerning training of teaching assistants, the role of the graduate dean, and the role of the chief academic officer. Although both teaching competence and scholarly expertise are commonly recognized as necessary for faculty competence, discrepancies exist in the amount of emphasis placed on research versus teaching effectiveness in the promotion process. Surveys indicate that institutions report offering training for teaching assistants but teaching assistants report receiving little training or supervision. Graduate deans need to allocate teaching assistantships preferentially to programs proving appropriate training, to assign the best teacher-scholars to supervise teaching assistants, and to develop systems that reward faculty who serve as effective mentors. The chief academic officer's leadership role should include such initiatives as: modifying employment selection to include evidence of instructional effectiveness, requiring probationary faculty to demonstrate instructional effectiveness, establishment of Centers for Teaching and Learning to promote faculty instructional development, and establishing regular reviews of professional development plans so that both content expertise and teaching competence of all faculty can be measured on a regular basis. 5 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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