Faculty Research and Development in the Technology Disciplines

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Article - Open Access

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Information Systems Education Journal

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Abstract/ Summary

Major faculty development efforts in higher education gained momentum in the 1960’s (Millis, 1994); however, much of what has been written to-date on the subject was published in the eighties and nineties. There is no question that scholars agree that faculty development funding is a necessity. However, until now, articles have concentrated on faculty research and development as it applies across the academy, with little to no emphasis on individual disciplines. This paper visits the faculty research and development grant process and how it applies to faculty in the technology disciplines. The authors will discuss the uniqueness of the technology disciplines and how their distinctiveness affects the professional development process. A survey was sent to academic technologists to learn about faculty development standards at their college or university. Survey data indicates that there is a perception of a double standard when it comes to the development requirements for the academic technologist.