ERIC Number: ED368321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Promotion, Tenure and Beyond: Faculty Socialization as a Cultural Process. ERIC Digest.
Tierney, William G.; Rhoads, Robert A.
This digest is a brief summary of a longer monograph of the same title on the importance of understanding faculty socialization as a cultural process in the context of the current changes urged on higher education. A section on how faculty socialization is conceptualized adopts a view of culture in which culture shapes and is shaped by social interaction. Consequently, to understand faculty means to come to terms with the cultural forces which shape faculty lives. These include the culture of the profession, the disciplinary culture, the institutional culture, and individual cultural differences. The monograph argues that faculty socialization takes place in two general stages: first, during their own undergraduate and graduate learning experiences and, second, during the organizational stage when new faculty face organizational challenges. It is also noted that, while faculty adapt to their institutions and cultures, institutions in turn adapt to their faculty members. The implications of such an understanding of the nature and importance of faculty socialization are shown to include the possibility of confusion and misinterpretation which is especially problematic during the tenure process and the need for clearly articulated organizational goals and objectives. Coming to terms with faculty socialization offers the key to many questions of organizational culture, commitment and mission. (JB)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Beginning Teachers, College Faculty, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Faculty Promotion, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Nontenured Faculty, Socialization, Tenure
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.