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Faculty in New Jobs: A Guide to Settling In, Becoming Established, and Building Institutional Support (Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series)


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Each year, hundreds of academics begin new faculty appointments. Some are just launching new careers, while others are advancing to new campuses. As faculty members and their institutions struggle to ease the passage to a new environment, they are faced with critical questions. What are the challenges of the transition process? And how does that process differ for first-time faculty and seasoned faculty?

Drawing on a study conducted by researchers at the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Faculty in New Jobs shows how faculty and institutions can work together to ease the transition to a new job and facilitate the process of mastering academic work. Robert Menges and his associates offer practical, real-world advice covering all phases of the faculty career--from the difficult early process of settling in, to becoming socially and academically established, to ultimately building the institutional supports necessary for a successful career.

The authors provide newcomers with valuable strategies for adapting to campus culture, building professional relationships, establishing a teaching style, and successfully juggling the diverse responsibilities of the faculty role. They also explain what institutions can do to select, support, and evaluate faculty more effectively. They describe the institutional climate that supports effective faculty transitions into and out of academia. They discuss what administrators can do to help faculty better understand and participate in the institutional culture, while also challenging and changing it in positive ways.

Book News Annotation:

Menges (education and social policy, Northwestern U.) presents 14 contributions which describe the situation of new and junior faculty in postsecondary education and suggest how the transition to a new job can be eased. Issues of gender and ethnicity are explored and institutional constraints and possibilities are examined.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

ROBERT J. MENGES was professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University, where he also headed the Center for the Teaching Professions.

Table of Contents

1. Becoming a Newcomer, Sarah M. Dinham

Part I: Settling In

2. Dilemmas of Newly Hired Faculty, Robert J. Menges

3. New Faculty Talk about Stress, Sarah M. Dinham

4. Experiences of Women, Experiences of Men, Lois Calian Trautvetter

5. Perspectives on Faculty of Color, Mia Alexander-Snow, Barbara J. Johnson

6. Mentoring and Collegiality, Rita K. Bode

Part II: Getting Established

7. Learning What Students Understand, Lisa Firing Lenze, Sarah M. Dinham

8. Seeking and Using Feedback, Robert J. Menges

9. Feeling in Control, Raymond P. Perry, Verena H. Menec, C. Ward Struthers

10. Faculty Well-Being and Vitality, Charles J. Walker, Natalie M. Hale

Part III: Building Institutional Supports

11. How Disciplinary Consensus Affects Faculty, John M. Braxton, Joseph B. Berger

12. Establishing a Teaching Development Culture, Jennifer Woods Quinn

13. Learning from Leavers, Shoshanah Bechhofer, Brian T. Barnhart

14. Accountability for Faculty Welfare, Lisa Firing Lenze

Product Details

Menges, Robert J.
San Francisco, Calif. :
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Universities and colleges
College teachers
Job satisfaction
Professional socialization.
Professional socialization -- United States.
College teachers -- United States.
Universities and colleges -- United States.
Education-Classroom Resources
Leadership, Administration & Policy (Higher Education)
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
Publication Date:
April 1999
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.22x5.90x.97 in. 1.13 lbs.

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