Author(s)

Janet Schmeelk

Date Approved

9-13-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

Online social networks;Universities and colleges--Faculty

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to explore the attitudes of selected faculty toward utilizing Facebook in their collegiate responsibilities, in February, 2012. This study also looked at how familiar selected faculty are with Facebook and its uses. Subjects included assistant, associate, and full professors in the College of Education, the College of Fine and Performing Arts, and the College of Communication at Rowan University. Data on attitudes were collected through means of a survey using 20 Yes/No, Likert-type items, and one open ended response item. Data analysis of quantitative data suggest that these selected faculty generally have a negative attitude toward Facebook and its possible classroom uses. Results of the open ended response item indicate faculty's hesitance to use Facebook with students because of unwillingness to blur professional lines. Some faculty did report using Facebook to post relevant class material, connect with alumni, and keep a departmental page up-to-date. Recommendations for further practice and further research are included.

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