ERIC Number: EJ831316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Faculty Role Integration and Community Engagement: Harmony or Cacophony?
Bloomgarden, Alan H.; O'Meara, KerryAnn
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v13 n2 p5-18 Spr 2007
Colleges and universities that aim to sustain or expand community partnerships and institutionalize civic engagement face important faculty challenges. Faculty adoption of community-based pedagogies and research approaches, in turn, faces important practical and conceptual barriers, as engagement activities appear in competition with expected teaching, research, and service roles. Semi-structured interviews with 29 faculty members at one private liberal arts college, all of whom engaged in teaching, research, and/or service in their local community within a broadly supportive institutional environment, explored whether and how faculty achieved integration among teaching, research, and community engagement roles within local expectations for high teaching and research achievement. Findings reveal three faculty orientations toward integration of teaching, research, and community partnerships--an "integrated" view, an "if only..." view, and a "non-integrated" view. Faculty development strategies that seek intentional integration of these three roles may facilitate and improve faculty research and teaching and institutional impact in the community.
Descriptors: Service Learning, College Environment, Liberal Arts, Faculty Development, Interviews, Teacher Role, Barriers, Faculty Workload, Noninstructional Responsibility, School Community Relationship, College Role, Teacher Attitudes
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/mjcsl
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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