AERA 2010 - Examining Faculty Motivation to Participate in Professional DevelopmentPresentation Transcript
Examining Faculty Motivation to Participate in Professional Development AERA National Conference May 3, 2010 Michael Wray: Metropolitan State College Patrick Lowenthal: University of Colorado, Denver Barb Bates, DeVry University Teri Switzer, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Ellen Stevens, Univ. of Colorado, Denver
A teaching college, private university, proprietary university, and research university
234 full-time faculty
290 part-time faculty
Non-Tenure Track 100
Tenure Track 62
R esearch Questions
How do faculty differ by employment category (full time or part-time), tenure status, and institution type in their frequency of attending faculty development?
Are there differences among faculty employment category, institution type, or tenure status in the preference of faculty development format?
What are the differences among faculty employment category, institution type, or tenure status in their motivation to attend faculty development?
What are the differences among faculty employment category, institution type, or tenure status in their obstacles to attend faculty development?
Findings - Frequency
Significant difference between institution type and rank
City College – highest mean
Research U – lowest
Frequency of Attendance by Tenure Status and Institution
Findings - Format
Books, videotapes, one-hour workshops: All institutions
Books/videos; 1 hour workshops: Tenure-track
Books/videos; 1 hour workshops: Tenured
Format Preference by Tenure Status
Format Preference by Institution
Findings - Motivation
Stipends: City College; Corporate U; tenure-track; adjuncts
Related to technology: tenured and full-time faculty
Improve teaching: Research U; tenure-track; tenured
Attendance required: City College; non-tenure track; adjuncts
Motivation to Attend by Tenure Status
Motivation by Tenure Status, Cont.
Motivation to Attend by Institution
Motivation by Institution, Cont.
Findings - Obstacles
Time and day: City College, Catholic Western, adjuncts
Financial support: Corporate U, non-tenure track and tenured
Competing priorities: Research U, tenure track
Obstacles by Tenure Status
Obstacles by Institution
In Their Own Words
Nose to the grindstone 24/7 – no time
Count towards teaching/research
Pay part-time faculty to attend
Shorter formats and topics on technology preferred
Give credit towards tenure
Valued part of reward structure
It isn’t the lack of motivation, it’s the lack of time