Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education


Date of this Version



Teaching Excellence: Toward the Best in the Academy (1995-1996) 7(6)


Copyright 1996, Walsh and Maffei. Used by permission


We conducted a survey designed to assess the extent to which students and faculty viewed particular professor behaviors as enhancing or detracting from the student-professorrelationship. It was necessary to develop our own survey instrument, because although there are scales assessing related concepts such as immediacy, there is, to our knowledge, no existing instrument capturing the student-professor relationship broadly construed and with specific, behavioral items. Importantly, our survey instrument asks respondents for their views on the consequence of particular behaviors for the student-professor relationship, and not for a rating of professors in terms of the frequency with which they actually display these behaviors.