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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Scopus citations

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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Academic departments as networks of informal learning: faculty development at liberal arts colleges'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this