ERIC Number: ED455874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Faculty Recruitment and Retention: A Case Study of the Chair's Role.
Miller, Michael; Jackson, JoAnne C.; Pope, Myron L.
This document states that many studies have identified faculty recruitment as a specific job responsibility of college department chairs. Because the recruitment process is time consuming and costly, the chair must also ensure that recruitment leads to retention. This paper closely examines what strategies academic chairs use to recruit and retain faculty. This study sent a survey questionnaire to department heads at a community college in the southeastern United States. The data were based on 21 returned surveys (from a total of 25 sent out), which asked 4 questions concerning recruitment and retention of faculty: (1) What is the process of faculty recruitment? (2) What are the current measures utilized to retain newly hired faculty members? (3) What are the perceived challenges related to faculty recruitment? and (4) What are the perceived challenges related to faculty retention? The questions provided opportunities for open-ended responses. Word of mouth, local newspaper ads, and professional journal advertisements ranked as the top three in the frequency of recruitment methods ranking. In the frequency of retention methods ranking, the top three methods used were on-campus faculty development, mentoring programs, and workload flexibility. The top three perceived challenges to faculty recruitment were fiscal restraints, qualified applicants, and program quality. Finally, the top three perceived challenges to retention were financial resources, faculty workload, and technology impact. (Contains 22 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Department Heads, Economic Factors, Employment Patterns, Employment Statistics, Faculty Development, Faculty Recruitment, Fiscal Capacity, Labor Turnover, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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