ERIC Number: ED427647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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A Professor's Work.
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)
Descriptors: Career Development, Case Studies, College Administration, College Faculty, Departments, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Participant Observation, Personal Narratives, Qualitative Research, Sociology
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
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