Feature: Rethinking Faculty Role in Higher Ed
The landscape of higher education has forever changed. What does this mean for faculty who already have particular perceptions about who they are and what they should do as scholars and educators?
This Inside Higher Education article proposes we begin to think what changes will mean for us going forward. It offers the model to the left, where the "responsiveness to external forces," such as "changing student demographics" and "institutional accountability for student learning," forefront our need to hone our teaching practice as "scholarly educators."
Much like the effects on teaching and research that learning best teaching practices can have for doctoral students, a focus on teaching can strengthen other areas of our work rather than diminish them. In the end, we are challenged to work locally with colleagues to cultivate a new faculty role that serves faculty and student success.