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ERIC Number: ED460671
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 8
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Faculty Development in Georgia. IHE Perspectives.
Fincher, Cameron
This paper describes a faculty development program initiated by the University of Georgia in 1964 to address a statewide faculty shortage. After 37 years, the program, Faculty Development in Georgia (FDIG), remains a successful example of inter-institutional cooperation. When FDIG began, 12 graduate assistantships were offered annually to faculty members currently teaching without degrees in other Georgia institutions. Although the program was called a predoctoral assistantship, the intent of the program was to provide a scholarship with tuition waiver and a stipend for living expenses that would permit full-time pursuit of a doctoral degree. During the history of the program, at least 347 awards have been given to at least 234 faculty members. No fewer than two-thirds of the accredited colleges in Georgia have participated in the FDIG program by granting academic leave to faculty members seeking doctoral degrees, and five colleges have made significant use of the program by the participation of a dozen or more faculty members. Eighty-six doctoral degrees were earned between 1982 and 1996. Ranking first in the number of faculty participants were the educational disciplines, with Fine Arts and Humanities second, and Behavioral and Social Sciences third. (SLD)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Inst. of Higher Education.