Vol 45 No 4 (2015)
Articles

New Faculty Experience in Times of Change

Michelle Yeo
Mount Royal University
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Deb Bennett
Mount Royal University
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Jane Stoneman McNichol
Mount Royal University
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Cari Merkley
Mount Royal University
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Published December 31, 2015

Abstract

Many post-secondary institutions in Canada over the past decade have made the transition from college to university status. The researchers on this team were hired in the midst of such a transition at one western Canadian institution. As new faculty we were navigating the normal tides of adjusting to a new faculty position, but our induction occurred in a shifting institutional context. Our research question, “What is the new faculty experience in a transitional institution?” guided a five-year focused ethnography, beginning as a selfstudy of the research team and expanding into 60 interviews with 31 participants over several years. The results demonstrate that a more complex theory is required to reflect the experience of new faculty than has appeared previously in the literature. We propose a framework of competing discourses.

 

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