Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Institutional infrastructure and joint faculty experience: A multi-case study of three schools of public health
by Thomas, Marcia A., Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2016, 154; 10158532
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to better understand how institutional infrastructures influence the experience of faculty holding joint appointments by exploring this phenomenon in three U.S. schools of public health. The data for this research were collected through interviews with joint faculty as well as key administrators at each of the three sites. Observations from site visits as well as institutional documents were also used as part of the case study design. Institutional documents included accreditation self-study reports, institutional bylaws and policies, websites, and strategic plans.

Analysis of the case studies suggests that it is not a specific administrative infrastructure per se that prevents problems associated with joint appointments and/or promotes faculty satisfaction; rather, what matters is how the infrastructure aligns with organizational culture. In addition to looking inward to institutional culture, the study also suggests that schools should 1) foster strong faculty mentoring for joint faculty, 2) prioritize institutional transparency around joint appointment decision-making, 3) value and appreciate the unique arrangements and contributions of joint faculty and 4) recognize that place in career may influence joint faculty experience. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.)

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hartley, J. Matthew
Commitee: Armacost, Mary-Linda, Kurth, Ann
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Higher Education Management
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 78/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Public Health Education, Higher education
Keywords: Faculty, Interdisciplinary, Joint appointment, University infrastructure
Publication Number: 10158532
ISBN: 9781369135404