ERIC Number: EJ1077866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Social Work Faculty Development: An Exploratory Study of Non-Tenure-Track Women Faculty
de Saxe Zerden, Lisa; Ilinitch, Teresa L.; Carlston, Rachel; Knutson, Danielle; Blesdoe, Betsy E.; Howard, Matthew O.
Journal of Social Work Education, v51 n4 p738-753 2015
Administrators of schools of social work are paying more attention to the changing roles and types of faculty in their institutions, particularly given the surge of non-tenure-track faculty in academia. This topic is timely as social work grapples with the divergent roles, structure, and demographic characteristics of non-tenure-track faculty compared to their tenured or tenure-track counterparts. This exploratory study presents data from non-tenure-track women faculty (N = 10) on how they experience professional development. In-depth, qualitative data was collected to answer the research question, What do faculty identify as the barriers, supports, and opportunities for professional development and job satisfaction? Results indicate that organizational climate and mentoring are barriers and facilitators of faculty development, and the subjective definition of faculty development varies.
Descriptors: Social Work, Faculty Development, Nontenured Faculty, Women Faculty, Qualitative Research, Barriers, Educational Resources, Educational Opportunities, Job Satisfaction, Organizational Climate, Mentors, Performance Factors, Questionnaires, Teacher Surveys, Definitions, Ambiguity (Context), Expectation, Theory Practice Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty, Phenomenology, Semi Structured Interviews, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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