Rudi Hartono

Date of Award

Spring 5-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Usree Bhattacharya, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Sharon K. Deckert, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

David I. Hanauer, Ph.D.


This qualitative study examined the perceptions of six Indonesian EFL university teachers about professional development and their experiences within it. The data were collected through interviews and analyzed using thematic analysis. The results revealed six major themes ranging from teachers’ definitions of professional development to the challenges of participating in it. Other themes included reasons, impact, and importance of professional development. The results suggest that the participants have a wide range of conceptualizations of professional development. The participants’ professional development activities were mainly concerned with the following: attending professional events, Tri Darma Perguruan Tinggi (teaching, research, and community service), and pedagogical knowledge, skills and practices. The participants were more focused on the pedagogical practices within professional development. In addition, lack of institutional support, absence of professional development programs, heavy teaching load and time management were found to be the challenges for participating in professional development activities. Finally, pedagogical implications, limitations, further research directions, and recommendations are offered.