ERIC Number: EJ790768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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The Way to a Faculty Member's Head Is through the Discipline
Wright, Barbara D.
Assessment Update, v17 n3 p1-2, 12-13 May-Jun 2005
Assessment gatherings have multiplied exponentially over the past 15 years, and the amount of guidance now available through conferences, workshops, and other kinds of events is truly impressive. From the national organizations to accrediting agencies and statewide consortia to campus meetings and on-line resources, there are rich opportunities for postsecondary educators to learn about virtually all aspects of assessment: theory, practice, policy, methods, trends, costs, benefits, and so on. Yet, one aspect of assessment that has been neglected is discipline. Discipline is where a faculty member lives, literally and metaphorically. It is the discipline to which faculty members devote a lifetime of scholarship. It is love for and expertise in the discipline that they hope to cultivate in their students. The author has always suspected that the assessment message would get through more readily if faculty were approached through their disciplines. This article describes how the author and her colleagues at the New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN) tested this theory by reaching out to faculty who might not have been involved in assessment prior to that time by offering them a discipline-specific development workshop opportunity called Dialogues in the Disciplines. Judging by the post-workshop evaluations, participants greatly enjoyed their time in the disciplinary tracks, talking about the specifics and making contacts with like-minded colleagues across campus boundaries.
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Assessment, Accreditation (Institutions), College Faculty, Instructional Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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