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ERIC Number: EJ1134370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2153-1900
Professional Growth and Renewal for Mid-Career Faculty
Strange, Amy; Merdinger, Joan
Journal of Faculty Development, v28 n3 p41-50 Jan 2015
Nationwide, over half of higher education faculty are mid-career. While they play vital roles sustaining their institutions, relatively little systematic attention has been paid to meeting their particular needs. This paper describes a professional renewal retreat program tailored to this "keystone" group of faculty (Chang, 2006). It is grounded in the theoretical constructs of "generativity" (vs. "stagnation") (Erikson, 1964/1993), of "agentic" and "communion-oriented" senses of self (Bakan, 1964, Grossbaum & Bates, 2002), and of "growth" or "mastery" (vs. "fixed") mindsets (Dweck, 2006). Detailed analyses of reflections of 47 retreat participants before, during and after the program are presented and discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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