Faculty Priorities Reconsidered (Hardcover)

Rewarding Multiple Forms of Scholarship

By Kerryann O'Meara (Editor), R. Eugene Rice (Editor), Russell Edgerton (Foreword by)

Jossey-Bass, 9780787979201, 368pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2005

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No reform effort in American higher education in the last twenty years has been more important than the attempt to enlarge the dominant understanding of the scholarly work of facult--what counts as scholarship. Faculty Priorities Reconsidered assesses the impact of this widespread initiative to realign the priorities of the American professoriate with the essential missions of the nation's colleges and universities: to redefine faculty roles and restructure reward systems.

Faculty Priorities Reconsidered traces the history of the movement to redefine scholarship: examining the impact of the 1990 landmark report Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the decade-long work of the American Association for Higher Education's Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards that initiated and sustained much of the work reported on here. The struggles to move beyond narrow definitions of research, to distinguish between scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching while acknowledging the importance of both, to encourage faculty engagement in meeting the scholarly needs of the larger civic community, and to recognize the importance of academic synthesis and integration--all elements of a broader understanding of scholarship--are addressed in this book.

About the Author

KerryAnn O'Meara is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. R. Eugene Rice served as Senior Fellow at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Director of the Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards (AAHE), and is now Senior Scholar in Antioch University's new Ph.D. program.