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ERIC Number: EJ988194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
Swimming in Unchartered Waters: Understanding and Developing the Faculty Role in Residential Education
Fitzpatrick, Kevin
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v38 n1 p70-79 2011
Whether contemplating a swim in a river or a dive into the expanse of the Atlantic ocean, I am definitely more comfortable when I can see or touch the bottom. The farther out I swim, the more anxious I get, mostly because of the unknown. This analogy seems to capture the tentativeness that faculty members sometimes feel, specifically at large research institutions, when we contemplate engaging in "non-academic" programs, including living-learning communities, faculty-in-residence programs, or freshman interest groups. It is not that we do not trust these programs; rather, for many of us these initiatives represent a part of the murky unknown. Stepping out of the ivory tower will always carry consequences; there will be some cost to diverting our attention away from our more traditional duties to more non-traditional and innovative ones. Minimizing those costs while finding new ways to engage with students, faculty, and others on campus is often the goal faculty pursue in developing new and exciting roles that can innovate and improve our overall experience in traditional teaching or research settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama