ERIC Number: ED388344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-10
History in the 1990's: The Status of the Profession in the Community Colleges.
Zappia, Charles A.
In October 1994, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) conducted a survey of community college history faculty to develop a coherent description of the historians and their institutions, history programs at community colleges, and faculty responsibilities. Completed surveys were received from 512 faculty members representing 264 institutions, or approximately 18% of the nation's 1,469 community colleges. An analysis of responses indicated the following: (1) 48% of the respondents had doctoral degrees, while 46% listed master's degrees as their highest earned degree; (2) the 10 most frequently selected major areas of interest were the Civil War, social history, politics, colonial and revolutionary period, foreign relations, state and local history, cultural history, military, women, and intellectual history; (3) 44% had taught at their present institution for 20 or more years, while 22.7% had taught there less than 5 years; (4) 77.5% were tenured, 12.8% were on the tenure track, and only 9.7% held part-time, temporary positions; (5) only 35% reported that their college had a separate history department, over 71% taught in departments or subdepartments with 5 or fewer historians, and the average number of history sections offered at the colleges was 30; (6) most specified individual research grants as the most desirable professional development opportunity; (7) positive aspects of teaching history at a community college included lack of pressure to publish, consistent and close interaction with students, and working with talented dedicated colleagues; and (8) problems identified included the poor preparation and attitudes of their students, heavy workloads and enrollment, and the lowering of academic standards. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the Community College Humanities Association (Washington, DC, November 9-11, 1995).