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.


Literature about the urban campus indicates that traditional, full-time faculty who teach and engage in scholarly, creative work, or research may need to shift to more applied and community-oriented service programs. Hence, the role of faculty development is changing because the issues facing the urban university are changing. These changes are prompted by the unique growth and development within the neighborhood of urban-based campuses. Pressure from the communities to make the campuses more community oriented, along with growing concern for the nature and quality of instruction, help foster change. Campus administration concerns about the institution becoming a "good" neighbor by contributing to the community puts unique pressures on the faculty developer. The faculty developer is in a position to see campus changes which can affect instructional methods or styles such as increased numbers of minority or immigrant students and more part-time faculty. While these changes occur, the general faculty often remains relatively traditional in its attitudes about teaching.