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ERIC Number: ED569304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 104
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-9747-4
Investigating Faculty Perceptions of Professional Development Opportunities
Brammer, Dawn
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
The purpose of this quantitative survey research was to explore newer, tenure track faculty members' perceptions of professional development opportunities, specifically in the areas of time management, tenure and promotion, and faculty socialization. More specifically, this quantitative approach utilized new faculty, hired in the last five years, from the three institutions making up the Nebraska State College System (NSCS): Chadron State College (CSC), Peru State College (PSC), and Wayne State College (WSC). The sample population was the 57 total faculty members. Data was collected through an electronic survey. Responses were categorized into two groups, CSC and Other and survey items were organized into clusters (time management, socialization, and tenure and promotion). Average scores for each cluster were calculated. Independent sample t-tests were used to compare means for each cluster. There were no statistically significant differences in the item clusters (time management, socialization, promotion and tenure). However, some individual scale items within these clusters did indicate differences. Although there was no significant statistical difference in the cluster results in this study, the individual items scoring very high and very low could identify strengths and weaknesses of the new faculty programs. The results of this study enhance the need for all three areas to not only be included in faculty development programs, but possibly be emphasized throughout the entire program and career of the faculty member. Recommendations for further research include: finding out where faculty members are now in the three areas as compared to their first year, if there is a difference of how the faculty member answered compared to the time at the institution, if changing campus cultures have an impact on content needs of faculty development programs, and lastly if all faculty members have a need for faculty development at their institution. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska