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ERIC Number: EJ822117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3759
Changing Academic Cultures and Expanding Expectations: Motivational Factors Influencing Scholarship at Small Christian Colleges and Universities
Mallard, Kina S.; Atkins, Michele W.
Christian Higher Education, v3 n4 p373-389 Oct 2004
Many small Christian colleges and universities are changing their cultures from focusing solely on teaching to embracing a teacher-scholar model. Motivating faculty at these small colleges to engage in scholarly activities is becoming one of the top priorities of administration. The culture at private colleges with enrollments of less than 5000 is significantly different from larger state institutions. Faculty at Christian colleges and universities are often stretched thin with teaching loads, committee work, student advising and community involvement. Even so, some faculty at these colleges are making their mark as noted scholars in their fields. The research reported in this paper surveyed faculty at Council for Christian College and University member institutions and posed the question, "What motivates some faculty members to engage in research when other faculty do not?" A questionnaire based on focus group responses and interview responses explored what either motivates or discourages faculty to actively engage in scholarship. A sample of 108 faculty answered questions regarding teaching load, committee work, student advising time as well as other variables. The results of this study show that although motivation is intrinsic, the role of the administration is vital to encouraging and rewarding scholarship. (Contains 1 footnote and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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