ERIC Number: EJ1223797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Faculty Development: A Review of the (Relatively Recent) Literature and Implications for Christian Higher Education
Matthias, Laurie R.
Christian Higher Education, v18 n4 p260-275 2019
This article is a review of the 21st century literature on faculty development in American higher education. After briefly summarizing the history of faculty development and current trends, the majority of the article is written as advice to faculty developers synthesized into the following broad themes: (a) options for structure and offerings, (b) methods for supporting faculty, and (c) strategies for positioning oneself in a crucial role within the institution in a collaborative way. More specifically, within the methods for supporting faculty, this article identifies three prevalent themes: (a) viewing faculty as individuals, particularly around career stages; (b) facilitating integration on several fronts; and (c) utilizing collaboration as a tool for achieving development goals. Addressing the implications of the literature for Christian higher education, the article suggests that these current faculty development themes offer developers in Christian institutions unique opportunities to integrate current practice with Christian foundational purposes.
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Christianity, College Faculty, Higher Education, Career Development, Cooperation, Church Related Colleges, Educational Practices, Institutional Mission, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Educational History, Networks, Individual Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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