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Entering the academy: The Art and science of being a faculty member

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by Edwin Bell,
Department of Education
Winston-Salem State University

Revised version 09-09-10

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Entering the academy: The Art and science of being a faculty member

  1. 1. Entering the Academy: The Art & Science of Being a Faculty Member   Edwin D. Bell Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Professional Services
  2. 2. The Big Three <ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Service </li></ul>
  3. 3. Teaching <ul><li>Many of you have not had formal training in Malcolm Knowles’ concept of andragogy , i.e., the art and science of educating adult learners. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Teaching - Continued <ul><li>However, each profession has journals and conferences that discuss the best practices of teaching in the field. For Example, see the Teaching Professor </li></ul>
  5. 5. Teaching - Continued <ul><li>Join a community of learners to reflect and discuss effective teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning ( CETL) at WSSU </li></ul>
  6. 6. Research <ul><li>Research can be an area of contention at institutions that are in transition </li></ul><ul><li>The faculty are expected to not only be effective teachers, but also scholars, and service providers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Research - continued <ul><li>In 1990 Ernest Boyer published a book through the Carnegie Foundation called Scholarship Reconsidered. </li></ul><ul><li>The concepts of the book are still being debated today. See this article </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research - continued <ul><li>The central issue for many is that if the department/school faculty develop appropriate guidelines and rubrics, individuals can conduct theory-based, peer-reviewed research on their teaching and their service. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Service <ul><li>UNC Tomorrow – has indentified important roles for the university system in service to the citizens of the state of North Carolina. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the report, read the WSSU’s response. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Service (continued) <ul><li>Read WSSU’s Strategic Plan </li></ul>
  11. 11. Service - continued <ul><li>Let them influence your plans for service. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the relevant literature to guide your service </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the impact of your service and write about it. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Balance <ul><li>Develop a 3-year plan for your teaching, scholarship, and service. </li></ul><ul><li>Get advice and feedback, from administrators, senior faculty, and professional peers outside of WSSU on your progress. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Balance
  14. 14. Balance <ul><li>How are you supposed to balance all of this and still have a life? </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with your colleagues locally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Balance - continued <ul><li>Make a continual commitment to your professional growth and development (there is always something new to learn) </li></ul><ul><li>Make a continual commitment to have fun </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions <ul><li>What can you do next? </li></ul>

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