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ERIC Number: EJ896007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0633
Moving from the Periphery to the Center of the Academy: Faculty Developers as Leaders of Change
Dawson, Debra; Mighty, Joy; Britnell, Judy
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n122 p69-78 Sum 2010
Faculty development units have been in existence in North American universities and colleges for more than forty years. The early faculty development units were typically led by a committee or a part-time director who focused on presenting teaching tips in short workshops. Over the years, the role of these centers gradually evolved as they became more established, with increased staff and resources moving slowly away from a teaching-tips approach to evidenced-based programs of faculty development. There has also been a shift in the role of faculty developers, moving from working to support the teaching needs of individual faculty to meeting more multidimensional needs of faculty. Centers now respond to such other faculty development issues as supporting the overall professional development needs of midcareer faculty and providing career counseling to faculty members. In addition to responding to development goals of individual faculty, the centers also started attending to organizational goals, such as training chairs and assisting administrators with addressing institutional problems and needs. It is now more likely that faculty developers work with a diverse cross-section of individuals within the university, which may range from provosts, deans and directors, and faculty members to technology experts, instructional designers, campus planners, and graduate teaching assistants. This transition has shifted the role of the faculty developer from the periphery to the center of the institution. In their new role, faculty developers must act as change agents and therefore must be aware of and apply models of organizational change to their work if they are to be successful in their new role as change leaders. This article discusses how John Kotter's model of change management can be a useful tool for developers for this endeavor. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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