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ERIC Number: EJ903460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 6
Enhancing University Summer Session Programs: The Role and Effect of Visiting Faculty
Heinz, Anne K.; Lewis, Alcinda C.
Continuing Higher Education Review, v73 p163-174 Fall 2009
Many college and university summer session deans and directors face significant challenges in providing quality summer courses. At research institutions, for example, the number of regular tenured and tenure-track faculty who want to focus on research, scholarship, and other activities during summer, affects the composition of the summer session faculty. As a result, summer session programs may employ fewer tenured and tenure-track faculty and more instructors, graduate students, and on occasion, visiting faculty from other universities. In 2002, the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) established the "Faculty in Residence for Summer Term" (FIRST) program to enhance the range and quality of summer session courses by systematically encouraging CU-Boulder academic departments to invite distinguished scholars from other US and international universities to teach. Over a six-year period from 2002-2007, 63 visiting faculty members received invitations with the expectation that these visiting faculty would expose students to academic content and culture from other universities and countries. In some instances these visiting faculty members collaborated with CU-Boulder faculty in their research and scholarship, provided department colloquia, outreach programs, and public lectures. However, these activities had not been systematically studied or well understood. Using the case study method, a research project that is the basis of this article investigated the role and impact of CU-Boulder's visiting faculty program upon summer session students, faculty, and academic departments.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Summer Schools, Teacher Role, Teacher Influence, Teaching Experience, Educational Quality, State Universities, Case Studies, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado