Faculty Life and Institutional Change in the 1990s: Interviews with Faculty from

Sondra K. Patrick


In the face of dramatic changes in U.S. institutions of higher education, faculty are experiencing a variety of influences that act to render their academic practices far more complex and challenging. These factors can be described in terms of sources of satisfaction for faculty, their origins as internal or external influences, and whether the influential changes arise at local or national levels. This paper describes the findings of a series of interviews of faculty at a U.S. university, a research process that offers understanding of the quality of the participants academic lives. The interviews reveal that, while concerned with and affected by the academic environment, faculty could benefit from institutional commitment to the broader community and global settings.


higher education; faculty; professors; community

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Higher Education Perspectives. ISSN: 1710-1530