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Inspiring faculty engagement and abating apathy

Session facilitated at Faculty Retreat 2016, January 15, 2016 at Temecula Creek Inn.

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1.  Herie, M. M., & Wells, S. S. (2014)  Interprofessional collaboration:  a faculty engagement model.  Department Chair, 25(1): 5-8.

2. Huston T., et al. (2007). Expanding the discussion of faculty vitality to include productive but disengaged senior faculty. The Journal of Higher Education,78(5), 493-522.

3.  Rousseau D. M. (2004). Psychological contracts in the workplace: Understanding the ties that motivate. Academy of Management Executive,18(1),120-127.

4. Rousseau D. M.  (1995). Psychological contracts in organizations: understanding written and unwritten agreements. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

5. Schubert-Irastorza, C. C. & Fabry, D. D. (2014).  Job satisfaction, burnout, and work engagement in higher education: a survey of research and best practices.  Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching, 7(1), 37-50.

6.  Selmer, J., Jonasson, C. & Lauring, J. (2014).  Knowledge processing and faculty engagement in multicultural university settings:  a social learning perspective.  Journal of Further & Higher Education, 38(2), 211-229.

7.  Selmer, J., Jonasson, C. & Lauring, J. (2013).  Group conflict and faculty engagement: Is there a moderating effect of group trust? Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management, 35(1), 95-109.

Chronicle of Higher Education 12 Great College Workplace Categories

1.  Collaborative Governance:  Faculty members play significant roles in decisions on academic programs. Employees agree with statements like "Faculty, administration, and staff are meaningfully involved in institutional planning."

2.  Compensation & Benefits:  Pay is fair, and benefits are satisfactory. Sample statement: "This institution's benefits meet my needs."

3.  Confidence in Senior Leadership:  Leaders have the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for the success of the college. Sample statement: "Senior leadership provides a clear direction for this institution's future."

4.  Diversity:  The college makes a concerted effort to create a welcoming and fair environment for all employees. Sample statement: "This institution has clear and effective procedures for dealing with discrimination."

5.  Facilities, Workspace & Security:  Facilities meet employees' needs, and the campus looks good. Sample statement: "The institution takes reasonable steps to provide a safe and secure environment for the campus."

6.  Job Satisfaction:  There is an overall sense that the job is meaningful to the employee and to the college. Sample statement: "All things considered, this is a great place to work."

7.  Professional/Career-Development Programs:  Employees get chances to develop skills and understand requirements for career advancement. Sample statement: "Our orientation program prepares new faculty, administration, and staff to be effective."

8.  Respect & Appreciation:  Employees are regularly recognized for their contributions. Sample statement: "Our recognition-and-awards programs are meaningful to me."

9.  Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship:  Supervisors or chairs solicit ideas and make expectations clear. Sample statement: "I believe what I am told by my supervisor/department chair."

10.  Teaching Environment:  Faculty say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching. Sample statement: "Teaching is appropriately recognized in the evaluation-and-promotion process." (Faculty only.)

11.  Tenure Clarity & Process:  Requirements for tenure are clear. Sample statement: "Promotions in my department are based on a person's ability." (Faculty at four-year institutions only.)

12.  Work/Life Balance:  Policies give employees flexibility to manage their lives on the job and at home. Sample statement: "My supervisor/department chair supports my efforts to balance my work and personal life."

Challenges/Solutions transcribed from group collaboration sheets