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ERIC Number: EJ1201671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
Culture, Colleagues, and Leadership: The Academic Department as a Location of Faculty Experiences in Liberal Arts Colleges
Pifer, Meghan J.; Baker, Vicki L.; Lunsford, Laura Gail
Review of Higher Education, v42 n2 p537-564 Win 2019
Learning more about the role of the academic department in LACs may improve faculty selection, development, support, and retention. Knowledge based on research about other institution types cannot be assumed to be generalizable to LACs. We know little about departmental contexts of faculty work in liberal arts colleges (LACs). The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to understand the department as an organizational context of faculty work in LACs, relying on the concept of positive organizational behavior. Findings from analysis of interview data from 55 liberal arts faculty members highlight the influence of three areas--culture, colleagues, and leadership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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