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Understanding the Work and Perceptions of Teaching Focused Faculty in a Changing Academic Landscape

Catherine D. Rawn () and Joanne A. Fox
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Catherine D. Rawn: The University of British Columbia
Joanne A. Fox: The University of British Columbia

Research in Higher Education, 2018, vol. 59, issue 5, 591-622

Abstract: Abstract Teaching Focused Faculty (TFF) roles are growing across Canada and around the world, raising questions about how to understand the nature of faculty work and how faculty in non-traditional work distributions feel about their work. Our study is the first attempt to survey TFF members’ work and job attitudes at large research intensive universities in Canada. Our data contribute to the literature on the nature of faculty work, by revealing that TFF engage in a wide variety of work, including teaching, service, curriculum leadership, and often research in pedagogy and/or disciplines. TFF report mixed messages about what their departments and institutions expect of them. Our data also contribute to the literature on how faculty feel about their work. Consistent with other research on faculty job attitudes, TFF report valuing their jobs highly. Our data also reveal that feeling integrated into mainstream institutional culture is a particularly important contributor to this sense of value. Taken together, our findings can be used to inform the research literature on faculty work, as well as by administrators seeing to implement or enhance TFF ranks at their institutions.

Keywords: University professors; Educational policy; University administration; Teacher attitudes; Higher education; Job satisfaction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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