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ERIC Number: EJ869438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
The Role of Faculty in Global Society: Carving out the Public Purpose of Our Work
Gonzales, Leslie D.; Rincones, Rodolfo
Teacher Education and Practice, v21 n4 p382-406 Fall 2008
This qualitative analysis investigates the role of tenure-track faculty at Towne University (pseudonym), a regional institution with a long-standing public service mission. Towne has played an important role in the production and continued development of teachers for local schools through extensive K-20 collaboration. Recently, however, Towne embarked on a new mission: Tier 1 status. This shift imposes new standards for faculty work, challenging the tradition of K-20 engagement. World systems theory and new institutionalism are merged to explain why Towne University seeks Tier 1 status. The structural explanations are injected with theories of agency as the perception, experience, and reaction of tenure-track faculty are explored. We find that through negotiation and dissent, faculty engage the structural impositions placed on their work. They manage to satisfy organizational demands yet remain committed to Towne's K-20 tradition. By straddling personal commitment and larger, structural, organizational demands, faculty dissenters and negotiators redefine the role of faculty. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas