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ERIC Number: ED427647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 257
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-7618-1217-2
A Professor's Work.
Melko, Matthew
This book describes a year-long participant-observer case study of the professorship as a profession. Following an introductory chapter, each chapter examines one aspect of the professor's occupation by recounting the specific experiences of the author, a sociology professor at Wright State University (Ohio). Chapter 2 looks at the department as the center of power for the professor, and details the process of searching for and hiring a new member. Chapter 3 examines the department's reactions to an administrative change in the size of general education classes. Chapter 4 describes several additional events of the study year, such as reactions to major scheduling changes and failed development of a peace studies concentration. Chapter 5 focuses on teaching functions, including textbook selection, syllabus development, use of class time, examinations, student evaluation, and evaluation of the professor by students. Chapter 6 considers the diverse body of students, and their varying agendas and relationships with the professor. Chapter 7 is about the research and scholarship function, and chapter 8 recounts reactions of colleagues to this specific study. Chapters 9 and 10 consider the professor's service role and the professor's family life, and chapter 11 sums up the professor's role as a professional. (Contains 65 references.) (DB)
University Press of America, 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706; Tel: 800-462-6420 (Toll Free) ($36.50).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A