Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education


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To Improve the Academy, published by the Professional and Organizational

Development Network in Higher Education, volume 14, 1995.


This article examines the research findings from that portion of the National Survey on Senior Faculty Renewal which pertains to the faculty development programs available to senior faculty at research universities in support of their career development and renewal. Survey respondents were coordinators and directors of faculty development programs and selected academic affairs administrators with faculty development responsibilities at their respective institutions. In general, the findings reveal a high level of support for the traditional approaches to faculty development for senior faculty in the context of their teaching and research. However, the findings suggest that faculty development approaches that are targeted to enhance senior faculty careers by either expanding employment options or by creating new roles and responsibilities are more limited. Additional findings concern the availability of post-retirement options, opportunities for collaborative work, and incentives to encourage excellence in teaching, research, and service.