ERIC Number: ED412876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
College Faculty Cultures: Dominance in the Academy.
Bila, Thomas A.; Miller, Michael T.
This study sought a better understanding of faculty culture and was designed to allow faculty to describe their own cultural experience through a series of structured interviews. Fifty faculty members at three universities were asked to voice their beliefs about faculty culture, particularly in regard to faculty stratification (perception of power). Data from the faculty interviews, which were conducted in the summer of 1996, were then compared with perceptions of faculty as expressed in popular media (films, novels, and news media). The media messages of exaggeration and embellishment were found to be combined with elements of truth. The popular media messages showed faculty as aloof, lacking common sense, unproductive, and often abusive of their positions. Faculty generally described themselves as underappreciated by administrators and students; isolated from the public; "keepers" of knowledge in a vaporous society; and the primary reason students attend college. The general findings of the study validate previous work and suggest that power is related to tenure status and rank. Two tables list films and novels reviewed for the research. (JLS)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Administrative Organization, College Faculty, Educational Environment, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Interviews, Job Satisfaction, Organizational Climate, Participative Decision Making, Power Structure, Public Opinion, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Responsibility, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association (6th, Honolulu, HI, January 1997).