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ERIC Number: EJ805851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Appraising Higher Education Faculty in the Middle East: Leadership Lessons from a Different World
Mercer, Justine
Management in Education, v20 n1 p17-18, 23-26 2006
The research documented in this article investigates the impact of faculty appraisal at two higher education (HE) institutions, located about 15 kms apart, in the same Middle Eastern country. Specifically, the research investigates the systems of faculty appraisal at "Rihab", a newly-established university, and at "Al Fanar", an older, more established vocational college, in order to determine firstly, how far each particular system embodies paradigms (meaning goals and values, key assumptions and management ethos) of professionalism and/or managerialism, and secondly, how far each particular system is seen by informants as appropriate to an educational context. On a more general level, the research also looks at the extent to which changes in HE in the West, principally, the United Kingdom, North America, Australia and New Zealand, find resonance in a Middle Eastern context, where HE institutions are staffed almost exclusively by faculty and administrators from those same Western countries, but are subject to quite different employment laws and practices. In this article, the author argues that there are certain unique contextual features affecting perceptions of the two appraisal systems. He also argues that despite the very different context, the tensions highlighted by the research are present in all educational institutions and the underlying dilemmas are encountered by academic leaders everywhere. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand; North America; United Kingdom