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By Mary Jane Chew

Focus on Faculty

Defining Collegiality

Collegiality in higher education was at the center of the first roundtable of the semester hosted by the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence on Feb. 4. The topic of defining and promoting collegiality was selected based on feedback the Butler Center had received from faculty. Collegiality also was identified as an area of concern by faculty in the most recent COACHE survey. The COACHE 2018 survey asked Purdue faculty to provide feedback about job satisfaction and perceptions about University leadership, promotion and tenure, teaching, research, diversity and inclusion, compensation, work-life balance and other important areas. The results were released earlier this year.

Leading the conversation were Nancy Peterson, professor, English; Ryan Davis, director, assessment and educational programs; Karen Foli, associate professor, School of Nursing; Briony Horgan, assistant professor, Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Alexander Francis, associate professor, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences and Malathi Raghavan, clinical associate professor, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Roundtable participants received the following articles to read and consider prior to attending:
  • Barbara Balsmeyer, Kathleen Haubrich, and Carroll Quinn. 1996. “Defining Collegiality within the Academic Setting.” Journal of Nursing Education 35(6): 264-67.
  • Fischer, Michael. 2009. “AAUP Statement on Collegiality.” Change May/June 2009, 41(3): 20-25.
  • Alleman, Nathan and Haviland, Don. 2017. “'I expect to be engaged as an equal': collegiality expectations of full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members.” Higher Education 74(3): 527-542, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10734-016-0062-4
For information about future roundtable sessions, please contact the Butler Center.

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