ERIC Number: EJ1070679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Shaping the Professoriate One Class at a Time
Sommers-Flanagan, Rita; Christian, Donald P.
Thought & Action, p21-28 Fall 2007
In this article, the authors describe an interdisciplinary doctoral course via a seminar (one semester, one-and-a-half hours weekly), that students found to be a major awakening and an important part of their professional development. Addressed were separate disciplines, via an experimental "How to be a Professor" course, and incorporating bits and pieces of "Preparing Future Faculty" into the existing doctoral program. The overall course goal was to assist students in better understanding the responsibilities and challenges that faculty face and to encourage consideration of diverse career options. The outcomes, as measured by weekly commentary, midterm evaluations, final evaluations, and post-class interviews, were immensely gratifying. The course was well-received and had a positive impact on students and the ways that they thought about their futures. Students gained appreciation for the history and challenges of higher education in our culture. At the same time, they came to recognize and value an expanded academic worldview by analyzing common concerns with doctoral students from vastly different disciplines.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Doctoral Programs, Professional Development, Experimental Programs, Interviews, Educational History, Performance Factors, Career Guidance, Teacher Responsibility, Sensitivity Training, Educational Practices, Student Evaluation, Participant Satisfaction, Faculty Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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