ERIC Number: ED443343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Faculty Professional Service and Academic Outreach in New England. Working Paper.
Singleton, Sharon; Burack, Cathy; Hirsch, Deborah
This paper describes a 1994 survey of New England colleges and universities regarding the professional services that faculty were engaging in and the policies and structures that supported such activities. Questionnaires were mailed to deans and chief academic officers at 225 institutions of higher education in New England; 120 institutions responded. Overall, the study found considerable institutional commitment to faculty professional service. A majority of respondents reported that service was a stated part of their institutional mission and that faculty, administrators, and staff supported that commitment. However, a gap was revealed between statements and practice. Only one-third of the respondents were able to demonstrate that commitment by naming either an office or individual charged with overseeing service initiatives or citing explicit criteria used to evaluate professional service in promotion and tenure decisions. Results varied by institution type, with public four-year institutions reporting higher levels of commitment and support for faculty professional services than either private four-year institutions or two-year colleges. The survey and a list of survey respondents are appended. (SM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Evaluation Methods, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Promotion, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Merit Pay, Private Colleges, Professional Recognition, Public Colleges, Questionnaires, Rewards, School Policy, Surveys, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Role, Two Year Colleges, Universities
New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts at Boston, Graduate College of Education, W/2/143-06, Boston, MA 02125-3393; Tel: 617-287-7740; Fax: 617-287-7747; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. New England Resource Center for Higher Education.