Academic departments as networks of informal learning: faculty development at liberal arts colleges

Meghan J. Pifer, Vicki L. Baker, Laura G. Lunsford

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    Abstract

    In this article, we consider the role of departmental contexts and relationships in faculty work within liberal arts colleges. Knowledge about how departmental networks relate to success and satisfaction may inform the work of those who support faculty work in liberal arts colleges, as well as other institution types. Analysis of quantitative and qualitative survey data from faculty members at 13 liberal arts colleges in the US suggests that informal departmental relationships influence faculty experiences. Findings suggest that departmental leaders and colleagues are sources of professional development and support, but that counter-productive behaviours interfere with such support and foster negative workplace cultures.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)178-192
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal for Academic Development
    Volume20
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

    Keywords

    • academic departments
    • faculty development
    • informal networks
    • liberal arts colleges

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education

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