ERIC Number: ED335530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development Programs, Leadership, and Institutional Culture: Lessons from a Study of Professional Development Programs for Community College Occupational-Technical Faculty.
Hoerner, James L.; And Others
A 2-year study was made of professional development programs for occupational-technical faculty in community, technical, and junior colleges. During the first year of the study, a survey of 1,252 community, technical, and junior colleges was conducted. Of the 878 institutions that returned surveys, 708 (85 percent) offered professional development for occupational-technical faculty. Of the 708, 16 community colleges were identified as having exemplary professional development programs. The second year of the study took a closer look at six of those institutions (Southwest Virginia Community College, Edmonds Community College, Midlands Technical College, Alamance Community College, Mid Michigan Community College, and York Technical College) through interviews with administrators and faculty; focus groups; and an examination of their activities, philosophies, and structures. Six themes emerged from these successful professional development programs: (1) the institution has strong leadership that maintains an emphasis on growth and development; (2) full-time faculty perceive a supportive environment with professional development an outcome of such caring; (3) part-time faculty see themselves as significant but lesser members of the institution; (4) both institution and individual benefit from professional development; (5) professional development activities are diverse and oriented to individual needs; and (6) limitations and barriers to professional development are recognized and overcome. (11 references) (KC)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Faculty, College Programs, Community Colleges, Educational Benefits, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Institutional Characteristics, Leadership Training, Program Descriptions, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education Teachers
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.