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ERIC Number: ED564566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 81
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-1787-4
Criteria for Initial Appointment in Rank and Subsequent Promotion for Faculty in Two-Year Public Colleges
Orf, Michael A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Arkansas
The growth of community colleges over the last five decades has not been met with a commensurate expansion of knowledge about policy development. In order to address this gap in knowledge, this study aimed to determine the prevalence of rank among two-year colleges in the United States; to identify the criteria used to determine rank upon hire for transfer and vocational faculty; to identify the criteria used to determine promotion for transfer and vocational faculty; and to determine if there are differences in criteria between transfer faculty and vocational faculty at initial appointment and subsequent promotion. Additionally, the study sought to determine the prevalence of collective bargaining and tenure among colleges with faculty rank and the currency of the policies about faculty promotion. To collect the needed information for the study, an email requesting policies on faculty rank and promotion was sent to chief academic officers of all public two-year colleges identified as having a system of faculty rank. Additionally, questions about collective bargaining, faculty tenure, and currency of promotion policies were asked. One hundred thirty four replies (38%) were received. Results indicated that 38% of public two-year colleges currently offer faculty rank. Furthermore, 47% of colleges had collective bargaining, 67% of colleges had faculty tenure, and 79.7% of colleges had updated their rank and promotion policies within the last five years. The most common criteria used to determine rank at the time of hire and subsequent promotion were educational credentials and teaching excellence. There were differences between transfer and vocational faculty in the criteria used to determine academic rank. This study provides a better understanding of the prevalence of faculty rank among two-year colleges and the criteria used to determine initial rank at the time of hire and for subsequent promotion for both transfer and vocational faculty. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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