ERIC Number: ED446683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-16
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New Faculty's Perceptions of the Academic Work Life. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Murray, John P.
To better understand the perceptions of new faculty regarding the professional socialization process, a qualitative study of faculty socialization was conducted at a comprehensive state-supported university. Fourteen faculty members hired within the last 3 years, whether inexperienced, experienced, or returning (those who had worked in another field before changing careers) were interviewed. One problem faced by these new faculty members was a sense of isolation that made these new teachers think that the problems they were experiencing were unique. Faculty from all three categories expressed surprise at the amount of time spent preparing for class, and most wished that they had more time for scholarship or research. Of the 14 respondents, 6 thought that they understood the requirements for tenure, and 8 thought that the requirements for gaining tenure were unclear. Most of the respondents felt that the pressures were greater for teaching than for publishing, but most seemed to overwhelmed to think about future scholarly endeavors. When asked about the greatest disappointment they had experienced since taking the position, many cited the labor-management conflicts the campus was experiencing. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) (Sacramento, CA, November 16-19, 2000).