ERIC Number: ED316153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Demands for Research and Publication at the Small College.
Two possible causes for the demands for research and publication on small college campuses are explored with a focus on the effect on promotion and tenure. The first hypothesis is that many administrators feel faculty research is a partner to faculty teaching effectiveness, and thus, if master teaching is the goal, faculty must excel at research. The second hypothesis is that the institution needs academic visibility, and most administrators feel research sets standards and produces role models for colleges that seek preeminence. Both hypotheses indicate a certain amount of pressure and tension between administration and faculty. Ways in which lack of research and publication affect tenure and promotion are discussed, noting the decline in the granting of tenure. More questions about the future of small college faculty are posed, examining research that says small college faculty are being asked to do more research than in the past, and that the end result of the teaching/research struggle may hurt college students more than anyone else. Small college faculty are challenged to think about what is truly important in teaching and research. Contains 16 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (San Francisco, CA, 1989).