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ERIC Number: ED446715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-16
Pages: 13
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Making the Move: The Transition from Graduate Student at a Ph.D.-Granting University to New Faculty Member at a Small, Private, Liberal Arts College.
Wilson, Vicki A.
Forty-two faculty members in their first, second, or third year of employment at small, private, liberal arts colleges in Ohio were asked to describe their initial impressions of faculty and administration, to reflect on those things that helped or hindered their transition into the college and local communities, whether or not they had intended to begin their careers at small colleges, and what surprises they encountered in their new positions. They were also asked to suggest how colleges could ease the difficulties encountered by young faculty members. Respondents appeared sincerely committed to teaching and many reported being attracted to small colleges because of their own experiences as students. They reported struggles in balancing teaching, research, and service while making long commutes or adjusting to life in a rural community. Their suggestions include being honest in portraying the college and the community to faculty candidates, realizing the importance of intrinsic motivators, recognizing that faculty do not need to live in the local community to be valued members of the college, discussing with senior faculty the negative effects of old grudges and political factions on new faculty, and creating the position of Director of Faculty Development to oversee development of new faculty. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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