Broadening Faculty Horizons in Emerging Universities

  • Robert Smith Weber State University
Keywords: Higher Education, Classroom Culture, Faculty Development


Some metropolitan universities evolve from institutions dominated by a narrow focus on classroom instruction. The campus cult?re typically is maintained by incentives that must be supplanted If the university Is to fulfill a broad mission of education, scholarship, and service to Its metropolitan region. This article notes pertinent characteristics of the classroom culture, some problems it produces, and the incentives that maintain It; proposes a possible solution to those problems, based on alternative incentives; and reports actual Implementation and evaluation of the solution In a typical institution.