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ERIC Number: EJ888514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1590
Listening to Those We Serve: Assessing the Research Needs of University Faculty
Mullen, Carol A.; Murthy, Uday; Teague, Greg
Journal of Research Administration, v39 n1 p10-31 Spr 2008
This study presents findings from a university-wide faculty survey on research resources at a top-tier research institution in the United States (U.S.). The researchers (faculty leaders) designed the original instrument, submitted it for critique and validation to a faculty senate's research body, and solicited participation from all colleges. The principal investigators sought to identify impediments to research and scholarship, as perceived by faculty. The questions posed were: What specific types of resources do faculty members deem important to facilitate their research activities? Are financial and non-financial resources deemed equally important? Do junior and senior faculty members differ in their views on the importance of various resources as valued resources? Are there differences across academic units in the degree to which particular resources are valued? The survey also elicited faculty perceptions of the level of research support actually received and demographic information about the faculty respondents, their recent research and scholarship activities, and their attitudes towards various types of incentives for research. The survey was distributed to all faculty members (1,474) at the University. It was completed by 305 faculty, yielding a response rate of 20.6%. Results obtained reveal that across all faculty ranks financial and material resources are deemed critical for supporting faculty members' research efforts. Intellectual and scholarly resources, such as the availability of research mentors, were deemed significantly more important by junior faculty. The results should be of interest to anyone seeking to enhance the research output of the academic enterprise. (Contains 9 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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