Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education



Karen List

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To Improve the Academy, published by the Professional and Organizational

Development Network in Higher Education, volume 16, 1997.


This study assesses what difference the Lilly Teaching Fellows Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has made in its first ten years, both to the fellows who have participated in it and to the University community. Based on a survey of the fellows, the study concludes that the program has had significant positive effects on teaching skills and attitudes, collegiality, research and service. The study also assesses the seven major components of the Lilly Program and suggests ways in which they might be improved The author then recommends increased institutional support for teaching to decrease the tensions between the programs' emphasis on teaching and institutional emphasis on research.