Determining Faculty Climate and Relationship Between Faculty and Administration

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Jessica Savage


Currently, 800,000 faculty work off the tenure track with poor working conditions that have remained unaddressed for over 20 years (Kezar & Sam, 2014).  Even though some leaders and policymakers recognize that poor working conditions affect performance, there have been few intentional changes on individual campuses to foster positive working conditions for contingent faculty (Kezar & Sam, 2014).  The purpose of this study is to determine the current faculty climate and the relationship between faculty and administration?  Moreover, what encompasses a healthy collegial academic environment?  A qualitative case study method was employed to interview five faculty within one college within a university in the Northwest region of the United States. Results of this study are beneficial to both university faculty and administrators.

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