Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Goal of the Community College Teacher

Question: What is the primary goal of the community college teacher?

 Answer/Quote: “As a professor at a community college, you will be evaluated primarily in terms of your effectiveness as a teacher, your commitment to student learning, and your service to the institution and the community. While research and publication are generally encouraged and supported, they do not serve as the main institutional goals and therefore may be given limited recognition and reward in terms of rank, promotion, and salary. Most institutional honors and awards are based on exemplary teaching.” (“Considering Community College Advice to Graduate Students and Job Seekers” 167) p. 7.

Comment: Unlike four-year colleges, the mission of the community college is effective teaching. Research and publication are secondary to effective teaching. An important distinction. RayS.

Title: “Research and Scholarship in the Two-Year College.” Two-Year College English association. Teaching English in the Two-Year College (September 2011), 7-28.

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