ERIC Number: EJ1019442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Supporting Our Junior Faculty: Assessing the Concerns and Needs of Early Career Psychologists
Good, Jessica J.; Keeley, Jared W.; Leder, Sadie; Afful, Stephanie E.; Stiegler-Balfour, Jennifer J.
Teaching of Psychology, v40 n4 p340-345 Oct 2013
The American Psychological Association and its divisions have developed various resources aimed at aiding early career psychologists (ECPs); yet, very little research has been conducted to assess the actual needs of this group. Specifically, research has not identified the needs and concerns of junior faculty engaged in classroom teaching. As members of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)'s ECP Council, we sought to remedy this by conducting a nationwide online survey of ECPs ("N" = 85), asking about the characteristics of their work and their greatest concerns as junior faculty. Results indicated that the top concerns involved finding a balance, both between work and family, and between the three major aspects of an academic position: teaching, research, and service. Participants also reported that prepping classes and fulfilling tenure requirements were major concerns. In addition, we found that participants who were members of the STP reported significantly greater use of STP resources than nonmembers. In this article, we utilize these findings to provide practical suggestions for those attempting to understand and help today's early career faculty in meeting the many demands of an academic psychologist career.
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, College Faculty, Needs Assessment, Online Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Background, Teacher Characteristics, Tenure, Teaching Conditions, Educational Resources, Psychology, National Surveys, Teaching Methods, Employment Level, Faculty Workload, Stress Variables, National Organizations
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