ERIC Number: ED455728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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The Dilemma of Recruiting, Rewarding, and Retaining Technically Competent Faculty in Higher Education.
Bryan, Valerie C.; Ariza, Eileen N.; Knee, Richard H.
Until recently, college faculty members were not required to be proficient except in the specific tools of their disciplines. Now, with the information explosion, faculty members must also be technically skilled at sourcing and securing information, integrating the information into the curriculum, and solving problems through technology. There are many difficulties in finding faculty members with these qualifications. Administrators need to create a support system that can address the problems of the information age. There are numerous faculty recruitment and development models, but a collaborative approach would seem to be the most promising. One such approach is the Westminster model currently used at Westminster College, Pennsylvania. The development of technical skills for faculty is promoted through a Faculty Development Committee and a Faculty Development Officer (FDO). Together they work to encourage scholarship and the improvement of teaching. The FDO serves as a resource for faculty members seeking professional development, technology training, and funding opportunities. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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