ERIC Number: ED422763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
The Relationships between Faculty Preparation Programs and Teaching Assistant Development Programs. Preparing Future Faculty. Occasional Paper No. 4.
Tice, Stacey Lane
This paper examines the relationship between teaching assistant (TA) development programs and faculty preparation programs, the commonalities between the two types of program, and the issues to be considered when making the transition from the former to the latter. It notes that many institutions adopted TA training programs in the 1980s in response to the demand for improved teaching, and that in the 1990s a number of institutions adopted programs to prepare graduate students to become faculty members. In examining what the two types of program have in common, the paper notes that both ultimately seek to improve the quality of undergraduate education. It then addresses considerations for institutions seeking to transform their TA training programs into Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) programs, including providing graduate students with the opportunity to work with mentors, access to advanced teaching assignments, opportunities to participate in academic service activities, access to professional development and career development programs, faculty involvement and leadership, and the establishment of partnerships with diverse institutions. (Contains 24 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Career Planning, College Faculty, College Instruction, Cooperative Programs, Educational Attitudes, Faculty Development, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Teaching Assistants
Preparing Future Faculty, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009; phone: 202-884-7423; fax: 202-265-9532; http://www.preparing-faculty.org ($2.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, DC.
Note: For other documents in the "Preparing Future Faculty" program, see HE 031 354-360.