Exploring Faculty Careers in Higher Education


Exploring Faculty Careers in Higher Education - Spring 2008

This course is for graduate students in any discipline who are considering careers as faculty members.  Through a series of speakers, readings, and other activities, students will develop an understanding of some of the basic attributes, values, and traditions of American higher education and the ways in which they take shape at different kinds of educational institutions.

This page identifies the course meeting time and place, instructor contact information, text book, course goals, and requirements to receive credit. To view the schedule of class meetings, see the Schedule of Classes.

  Time and Place Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20 p.m., in 101 Loew Hall
Course Coordinator

Wayne Jacobson, Associate Director
Center for Instructional Development and Research

Office: 415 Sieg Hall
Phone:  206-543-0699
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 1:30-2:30, & by appointment

Required Textbook

Hostetler, K., McLaran Sawyer, R., & Pritchard, K. (2001). The Art and Politics of College Teaching, (2nd ed.). Peter Lang: New York. 

  Course Goals

As a result of taking this course, graduate students will be able to identify the following factors which will help them to make informed decisions about their future careers:

  • The characteristics of higher educational institutions in the U.S., and ways in which these characteristics shape the culture of various kinds of institutions

  • Ways in which teaching, research, and service are carried out at various kinds of educational institutions

  • The rationale for and implications of widely held values of the academy:  tenure, diversity, collegiality, and academic freedom

  • Some of the choices the academic job market has to offer

  • Students’ own interests concerning an academic career

  To Receive Credit

This course is 2 credits, graded on a Credit / No Credit basis. To receive Credit, students will be expected to prepare for and participate in class meetings and to develop a draft philosophy statement (teaching, diversity, or community college) in order to help them be prepared for a faculty job search.


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Center for Instructional Development and Research
422 Sieg Hall, Box 352310
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2310

206.543.6588 (phone)
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