ERIC Number: ED455859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
College of the Canyons New Faculty Survey. Report #104.
Dixon, P. Scott; Gribbons, Barry C.
In 2001, the College of the Canyons (COC) (California) surveyed all faculty members hired between May 2000 and March 2001 to gather information about the experiences of newly hired faculty. Thirty-eight anonymous questionnaires (with both open- and closed-ended questions) were placed in the mailboxes of new faculty; 23 were completed and returned, for a response rate of 61%. Results included: (1) new faculty had a very positive attitude toward personnel office staff and said the interview process was conducted professionally; (2) 91% said the qualifications for the position were clearly written, but only 82% said the position description accurately conveyed position expectations; (3) 94% of those who participated in the orientation process said it was useful; (4) logistical items such as workspace, furniture, and computers received the fewest positive responses compared with other sections of the survey; (5) in the open-ended comments, new faculty members were favorable toward the interpersonal relationships experienced; however, concerns were expressed over logistical issues, inconsistent enforcement of procedures, and large class sizes; and (6) suggestions for changes included assigning faculty mentors, sending written confirmation upon hiring, adding a social dimension to the hiring process, and allowing students to talk at the faculty orientation. (Contains the survey instrument, as well as data on open- and closed-ended questions.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA.