ERIC Number: ED314975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Barriers to Faculty Involvement in Grant-Related Activities.
Gallaher, Irene; Daniel, Larry G.
The study sought to determine barriers that impede college of education faculty members' involvement in grant-related research activities. An initial questionnaire completed by 54 college of education faculty at a large public university was designed to determine faculty experience in applying for and/or obtaining external funding for research. Structured interviews were then conducted with 15 faculty members with a wide range of experience in working with grants. Although faculty members viewed grants activity as being important, many did not routinely pursue external funding due to the following impediments: (1) lack of time, (2) lack of information about funding sources, (3) lack of procedural information, (4) and lack of a clearly defined system of rewards for those who obtain external funding. A general lack of clarity as to the place of grantsmanship in the overall scheme of the college's expectations for faculty was a commonly expressed concern. Faculty also expressed the need for technical assistance and assistance in the physical preparation of proposals. Recommendations include college establishment of a clearly defined reward system for those involved in grantsmanship activities, release time for faculty to pursue grants, and administrative support for the grant writing and implementation process. 14 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, College Faculty, Faculty Promotion, Faculty Workload, Grants, Grantsmanship, Higher Education, Interviews, Private Financial Support, Program Proposals, Proposal Writing, Research Opportunities, Research Proposals, Schools of Education, State Universities, Teacher Educators
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Research Association (Little Rock, AR, November 8-10, 1989).