ERIC Number: ED407561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Distance Education Faculty. DETC Occasional Paper Number 13.
Jessup, John E.
When the faculty of a degree-awarding distance education institution is assembled, it is essential to meet the credentialing requirements established by the accrediting commission of the Distance Education and Training Council and the various state educational councils. It is also important to find faculty applicants with a love of teaching, instructional skills, and a consummate knowledge of their subject(s). When American Military University (AMU) began assembling its faculty, it soon became clear that the simplest solution was to leave faculty where they were and let them teach at a distance, from a distance. Once the obstacle of the necessity of physically assembling a faculty at one location had been removed, the search for a faculty became a search for the best-qualified, best-credentialed subject specialist teachers for each subject taught at the university. Among the faculty development guidelines emerging from AMU's experience are the following: include a provision for assessing faculty members' ability to work independently; implement an effective, graduated course development process; institute a continuing faculty assessment program; establish a program to keep faculty apprised of university developments/policy changes; and standardize all procedures to ensure an error-free and seamless interface with each faculty member on an equal basis. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Distance Education, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Recruitment, Higher Education, Systems Approach, Teacher Student Relationship
Distance Education and Training Council, 1601 18th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-2529; http://www.detc.org ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.