ERIC Number: EJ1112595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Isn't It Time We Did Something about the Lack of Teaching Preparation in Business Doctoral Programs?
Marx, Robert D.; Garcia, Joseph E.; Butterfield, D. Anthony; Kappen, Jeffrey A.; Baldwin, Timothy T.
Journal of Management Education, v40 n5 p489-515 Oct 2016
In this essay, we explore "why" there has traditionally been so little emphasis on teaching preparation in business doctoral programs. Program administrators and faculty typically espouse support for teaching development; yet the existing reward systems are powerfully aligned in favor of a focus on research competency. Indeed, through the lens of a performance diagnostic model, it is entirely predictable that doctoral programs have not offered more teaching development opportunities, as administrators often do not have the requisite motivation, ability, opportunity, or resources to develop comparable teaching competence. However, given that the average graduate will take a professorial position with greater than 50% of responsibilities devoted to teaching, most external observers would conclude that there is a curious dearth of teaching preparation in contemporary business doctoral programs. However "understandable" the dearth of teaching development, we argue that those reasons are no longer "acceptable," and the present essay is predominately a call for change. Suggestions for enhancing the depth and nature of teaching development are offered, and we include some examples of progressive initiatives underway in the hopes of provoking a more intense conversation on the teaching preparation of the next generation of business professors.
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Doctoral Programs, Educational Change, Preservice Teacher Education, Access to Education, Motivation, Ability, Educational Opportunities, Business Schools, Practicums, Seminars, Required Courses, College Programs, Graduate Students
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