ERIC Number: ED346890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
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The Development of Specific Strategies for Coping with the Ramifications of an Aging Faculty at Saint Petersburg Junior College.
Murray, Betty J.
In 1991, a study was conducted at Saint Petersburg Junior College (SPJC) to develop a set of strategies for coping with the ramifications of an aging faculty. The study was initiated as a result of projections that large numbers of aging faculty would soon be retiring in the same or consecutive years. The first step of the study consisted of interviews with an administrator from three neighboring institutions (a university, a two-year college, and a public secondary school) to assess aging issues at those campuses. The second step of the study involved an internal scan of SPJC involving interviews with the Vice President of Human Resources, and three faculty members over the age of 55. Once the external and internal scans were completed, a profile of SPJC instructors was generated by drawing information from personnel files of the 267 employees at the college. Departments with a large proportion of older faculty members were identified, and an interview was conducted with the division directors of these departments. Study findings and recommendations included the following: (1) staff development was a high priority at all of the institutions contacted; (2) none of the respondents in the external interviews had seen any innovative strategies implemented to deal with issues of aging faculty; (3) SPJC should continue to look at trends in relation to aging faculty; (4) the college should encourage faculty to take sabbatical leaves for educational enhancement; and (5) a series of workshops and seminars on issues of aging should be developed to assure the continued success of the institution. A literature review; the test instruments; a 15-item bibliography; and a list of strategies for staff development, to prevent faculty burnout, to recruit quality instructors, and to off-set mass retirement, are appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Aging in Academia, College Faculty, College Planning, Community Colleges, Faculty Development, High Schools, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, School Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Burnout, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Retirement, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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