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ERIC Number: ED379712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-20
Pages: 13
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Ernest Boyer's Scholarship: An Administrative View.
Schliessmann, Michael R.
For a communication studies administrator, the scholar envisioned in Ernest Boyer's "Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate" is an instructive guide to faculty and administrators pondering the balance or relationship between teaching and research. It is an immodest claim that each discipline teaches well but broadly from life. To a degree, this is a facet of the scholarship of teaching envisioned by Boyer. Faculty today value teaching. Pedagogical digging should be viewed as valued research. Boyer's position on the research of teaching has prompted South Dakota State University (SDSU), and particularly the College of Arts and Science to approach research, scholarship, and creative activity in an invigorating way. Boyer's historical analysis of scholarship through the ages makes clear that a nation of teachers primarily dependent on research prowess for advancement is not new. He contends that faculty today have grown into a society of elitists; implicitly he discredits undergraduate teaching. The profession must continue to foster a cadre of scholars who study teaching itself. A close reading of Boyer suggests that the greatest rewards for good teaching, and the greatest love for good teaching come from faculty in liberal arts colleges. Faculty must define themselves as faculty of liberal arts colleges. The system for faculty evaluation used by SDSU and the Board of Regents allows for considerable latitude and this latitude must be used to reward teaching and scholarship on teaching. The basic speech course can be the home of great teaching. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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