Date Approved

5-13-2003

Embargo Period

5-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

Rowan University--Faculty--Attitudes; Internship programs; Sabbatical leave

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purposes of this exploratory investigation were to (a) ascertain the level of importance or value Rowan University Engineering and Business faculty members (n = 51) place on faculty internships and (b) determine the preference these faculty members have toward faculty internships or traditional sabbaticals. A t-test for Equal Means indicated the two groups held similar views with respect to the perceived value faculty internships have on professional growth and improved scholarship and teaching. One exception was the effect faculty internships have on career requirements. While both groups generally understood the value of faculty internships, participants would opt for a traditional sabbatical. Some participants suggested, as a reason, universities reward research and publication. Research and publication are the perceived goals of a traditional sabbatical but not necessarily that of a faculty internship. Implications for planning a faculty internship program are discussed.

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