Thursday, November 13, 2014

What Professors Are Thinking

Inside Higher Ed
November 13th, 2014

Faculty members may not be flocking to all-online class formats, but they’re using technology and other pedagogies to make their classrooms more student-centered. Faculty members are divided, however, along racial, ethnic and gender lines about the state of diversity and climate at their institutions. And while non-tenure-track professors seem to be getting some advance notice for courses, they’re still denied basic resources with which to do their jobs.
Those are some of the major findings of a new report from the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. The institute’s Undergraduate Teaching Faculty survey is published every few years, and it's one of the most comprehensive national data sets on the attitudes and working conditions of undergraduate instructors. This year’s report covers 2013-14; the last was published in 2012. That study found that professors were spending less time teaching and suffering stress from a variety of sources – especially at public institutions. But they still wanted to be college professors.

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