San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.618.1 - 25.618.7
Exploring the Diversity in Faculty Careers: Formative and Summative Assessment in a “Preparing Future Faculty” CourseDoctoral students’ understanding of the diversity of careers in higher education is importantcomponent of their career development. During their doctoral study, emphasis is placed onresearch. Additionally, doctoral students are mentored during this time by research-focusedfaculty. However, many faculty positions across the nation are not as research-focused and it isimportant to provide doctoral students with an understanding of the diversity of faculty careersavailable to them. Preparing Future Faculty is a course designed to facilitate doctoral students’exploration of diverse faculty careers available to them.Preparing Future Faculty explores faculty roles and responsibilities as they relate to institutionalmissions and institutional type (community colleges, liberal arts colleges, research I universities,etc.). Topics include: faculty roles and responsibilities, the academic job search and hiringprocess, promotion and tenure, diversity in academia, disciplinary paradigms and assessment,and balancing academic and personal life. Using the University as a model, students explorefaculty roles and responsibilities through conversations with The University administrators,faculty, and alumni. In addition to representing different roles and positions at The University,each speaker represents various broad disciplines. Identification of the various types of higher education institutions (community colleges, liberal arts colleges, research I universities, etc.), and an exploration of how faculty roles and responsibilities differ at each of these institutions. Presentations by invited vice provosts, deans, and department heads on institutional expectations of faculty in fulfilling institutional missions and how faculty are impacted by these expectations. Presentations by invited PFF alumni, new faculty at other institutions, who will share their personal experiences on the academic job search, starting a faculty career, and navigating the pre-tenure process. Identification of the skills needed by faculty and the resources available to graduate students for faculty skill development and enhancement.The course culminates in the development of an academic portfolio which includes job searchdocuments (CV, cover letter, teaching and research statements), and a conceptual frameworkwith strategies that facilitate the transition from graduate student to assistant professor. Thispaper discusses the formative and summative assessment that occurs throughout the course inrelation to the three overarching components of in-class discussions, online discussions, andportfolio activities.
Lynch, C., & Zhu, J., & Cox, M. F. (2012, June), Exploring the Diversity in Faculty Careers: Formative and Summative Assessment in a Preparing Future Faculty Course Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21375
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