ERIC Number: ED318518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May-2
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Reviving the "Deadwood": How To Create an Institutional Climate To Encourage the Professional Growth and Revitalization of Mid-Career Faculty in the Community College.
Kelly, Diana K.
This paper explores the lack of vitality among community college mid-career faculty, arguing that this may be an even more severe problem at two-year colleges than at four-year institutions. Emphasis is placed on the role of community colleges and the institutional changes required to revitalize mid-career faculty. The problem of faculty vitality is examined in terms of the impending faculty shortage, symptoms of faculty burnout, measures of faculty vitality, and the specific nature of the problem of faculty vitality in the community college. Institutional causes of the problem are also examined with particular attention to the campus culture, the departmental climate, the influence of colleagues, faculty workload, changes in the student population, the tenure system, and the reward structure. Finally, solutions to the problem are suggested in terms of successful practices for revitalization which have been used in business and in institutions of higher education. These practices include individualized growth plans, career planning, faculty exchanges, faculty internships, sabbaticals, job variety, faculty development programs, post-tenure evaluations, and incentives and rewards. A brief conclusion offers some specific suggestions for ways community colleges can enhance the professional growth and vitality of mid-career faculty. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Graduate Seminar Paper, Claremont College.