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ERIC Number: ED442435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 14
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The Newbie Prof Experience: The Acclimation Process of Seven New Professors.
Barbour, Ann; Chee, Anna; Frank, Carolyn; Land, Robert; Lang, Frances Kuwahara; Quinn, Juli; Uy, Frederick
This paper examines the experiences of seven new faculty at a charter school of education at California State University Los Angeles. The seven new professors in the study were asked to engage in ethnographic interviews that described and categorized their experiences, and contrasted them with other events. Interview questions focused on: descriptions of experiences; mentors in the university; differences between teaching in elementary/high schools and in higher education; challenges of being new professors; and benefits of being in a cohort of new professors. The study found that the responses of the new professors differed considerably. While some found the mentor relationship satisfactory, others did not. Reactions to the usefulness of orientation meetings and a course on university instruction found the former welcoming but the latter not useful. Other factors or experiences which were helpful in acclimatizing to university life included helpful senior faculty, office mates, the division chairperson, key office staff, and being part of the cohort itself. The paper concludes that those experiences that were based on personal connections and two-way communication, rather than formalized institutional events, were most useful in promoting acclimatization to the university setting. (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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