ERIC Number: ED374479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
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Communication Faculty Recruitment 1993-1998: A Survey of Staffing Needs.
Herling, Thomas J.
A comprehensive survey analyzed future recruiting in the communications disciplines, including trends in enrollments, faculty retirements, the production of doctorates, and a content analysis of academic position advertisements. A questionnaire was developed to investigate staffing trends in communication studies for the years 1993-1998 and mailed to 312 administrators of institutions offering course or degrees in communication. Response rate was 79% or 246 questionnaires returned. Of the respondents, 53 institutions reported an emphasis on mass media studies; 82 institutions reported a speech communication emphasis. A combined mass media/speech communication study was reported by 105 administrators. Most responses came from administrators in public institutions, and programs were generally reported to be small. Enrollments are expected to increase in the near future, and most institutions also expect some faculty retirements in the next five years. Doctoral degrees are the rule for new hires, and "on-the-job" experience is also preferred. Research experience and publication are additional qualifications. The most striking finding is that there may well be a shortage of qualified faculty candidates in the coming years combined with rising enrollments. Perhaps the Ph.D. process needs to be evaluated to improve current completion rates. (Contains 7 tables of data and 20 notes.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (77th, Atlanta, GA, August 10-13, 1994).