Communication among Music Faculty, Department Chairs and Deans in American Higher Education
A study was done of the communication and attitudes of college deans, chairpersons, and faculty in college music departments towards teaching, research, publication, community service, and institutional support. The study surveyed a representative sample of deans, chairs, and faculty from various disciplines at 453 institutions. The final sample included 142 deans, 392 department chairs, and 1,172 faculty from 9 disciplines. The study then separated music department information from other data which produced data from 29 deans, 41 chairs, and 98 music faculty. Results of analysis of the music department data indicated that: (1) one-third of faculty attend out-of-state professional meetings; (2) 25 percent of faculty had no funds for professional development; (3) funding for computers and books was seen as good or excellent by most deans but not by faculty; and (4) a much higher percentage of deans and chairs believed that they gave adequate merit salary increases than did the faculty. Results also showed significant differences in attitude among deans, chairs and faculty on weight that should be assigned to teaching, research, publication, committee work, activity in professional organization and community service. With respect to research, department chairs placed greater emphasis on research and publication than did either deans or faculty. (JB)
"Communication Among Music Faculty, Department Chairs and Deans in American Higher Education." March 1994. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 366 268). with J. Richard McFerron et. al.