Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education

 

Authors

Date of this Version

1987

Document Type

Article

Comments

To Improve the Academy, published by The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, 1987.

Abstract

Thoughtful, effective programming for faculty and institutional development depends on an understanding of faculty as individuals, but this understanding must be conditioned by a knowledge of faculty roles, the contexts in which faculty work, and the forces at work in their career development. However, as our first paper points out, assumptions about faculty career patterns based on "generic" research on adult development have not been subjected to rigorous empirical testing. The author, Mary Pat Mann, notes limitations of existing research on faculty career development and points out the dangers of uncritical acceptance of frequently-cited stage models.