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faculty development, higher education

The CEDA Project

In doing some other research and cybersleuthing for another project, I ran across the CEDA project – The META-Profession Project: Exploring and Recognizing the Full Complexity of the Skills required by Faculty Work in Higher Education.

From the site:

‘The purpose of the Meta-Profession Project is to promote a better understanding of the full complexity and variety of higher education faculty work. Such an understanding can contribute to the development of comprehensive faculty evaluation systems, the design of professional growth and development programs, and the establishment of academic policies and procedures that more fully support faculty in the full range of their diverse professional duties and responsibilities. Additionally, the Meta-Profession project aims to provide an over-arching model for both promoting research on faculty work and providing a convenient rubric for categorizing extant research in the field.:

There are five main sections to this web site:

A summary description of the meta-profession concept.

A chronology the development and use of the meta-profession model in terms of papers and presentations that may be downloaded (this section also includes additional papers on related topics of interest by the project authors).

An entry to the various matrices that define the model. These matrices are interactive and may be explored in a variety of ways.

An invitation to contribute to the model.

Contacting the authors, Raoul A. Arreola, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (The University of Tennessee Health Science Center) and Michael Theall, Ph.D. (Youngstown State University).

Take a look at the “Skill Sets” matrix for scholarly/creative activities (a SoTL case discussion). The authors state, “The Meta-Profession project derives from a conceptualization of the professoriate as practicing a ‘meta’ profession. That is, a college professor must perform at a professional level a variety of roles that require expertise and skills in areas that often extend beyond the faculty member’s specific area of scholarly expertise or “Base Profession”. Thus, the skill sets required by faculty to perform in these roles are divided into two general categories: Base Profession Skills and the additional Meta-Profession Skills. These skill sets are delineated in a series of matrices which show the interaction between a specific role (e.g., teaching, scholarly/creative activities, service, or administration) and the skills required by the work involved in carrying out that role.” There are links to begin exploring the Meta-Profession Model and year-by year abstracts and links to resources.

About judithcoe

I am a retired music professor emerita, faculty development champion, SoTL practitioner mentor and trainer, technology geek, fulbright alum, cultural ambassador, digital explorer, artist, and observer with a passion for Irish land- and seascapes, music and literature, Blasket Island people and culture, and the sea.


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