ERIC Number: ED497697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-6
Reference Count: 19
Career Preference among Universities' Faculty: Literature Review
Alenzi, Faris Q.; Salem, Mohamed L.
Why do people enter academic life? What are their expectations? How can they maximize their experience and achievements, both short- and long-term? How much should they move towards commercialization? What can they do to improve their career? How much autonomy can they reasonably expect? What are the key issues for academics and aspiring academics to consider? Basically, academics devote their time to perform three tasks: teaching, research, and community service, where teaching and research are the main tasks. Albeit administration in higher institution considers teaching effectiveness as the main job, they evaluate the academics tenure promotion based on their research productivity. The nature of the teaching-research relation is an eternal dilemma that faces the higher institution structure, and controls its future as well. This dilemma is likely to disturb the faculty, in particular juniors, in their professorship promotion journey. It is important, therefore, to match the academics interests and capabilities with those of the department and institution to which they are belonging to. It is the responsibility of academic institution to create policies that ensure integration of both teaching and research. This would stabilize the faculty academic career that will be positively reflected on their contribution toward both teaching effectiveness and research productivity.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A