ERIC Number: ED371600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Politics of Academia: Points of Departure.
This paper examines political maneuvering within academia, the concerns of English as a Second Language (ESL) faculty, and methods that faculty can use to overcome campus politics and address their concerns. ESL faculty are often concerned about: (1) the lack of support from mainstream college faculty; (2) too many part-time positions; (3) attitudes towards ESL students; (4) the marginal status of intensive English programs (IEPs) at many institutions; (5) the use of for-profit IEPs instead of regular, institution-related IEPs; and (6) institutions that offer degrees in teaching of English as a foreign or second language, but that offer few courses. To overcome these concerns, faculty need to establish networks of people who can assist them in reaching their goal. They also need to educate people about a specific problem or concern, build up demand for a desired course or program, bring in outside experts, appeal to financial considerations, publicize concerns, know and respect other people's agendas, and seek official sanction. (MDM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (28th, Baltimore, MD, March 8-12, 1994).