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Community College Workforce Development Faculty in Western Pennsylvania

Kohut, Byron/C (2012) Community College Workforce Development Faculty in Western Pennsylvania. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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    The workforce development division (WFD) of a community college performs a vital task in the community within which it serves through the actions of its faculty. Because community colleges are mission driven to offer affordable, accessible education to local communities, understanding WFD activities within the community college, WFD, and local and regional businesses to develop effective and efficient credit and noncredit WFD programs of interest requires an understanding of the roles WFD faculty play in the development of WFD. Although the roles and responsibilities of the majority of higher education faculty are evident in related academic literature, literature describing the function of WFD faculty is relatively uncommon. WFD faculty are burdened by a lack of clarity in the identification of their roles and responsibilities. Additionally, the topic of recruitment and selection processes of WFD faculty hardly exists in academic literature. WFD faculty are not bound by conventional descriptions of higher education faculty as their roles are often dictated by collaborative demands of the community, the community college, business, and industry. Recruiting and selecting a faculty member for a community college presents an opportunity to align a department’s goals and objectives with the mission of the community college. This study focused on the roles and responsibilities, recruitment, selection, and professional development of WFD faculty within the community college. The purpose of this study was to describe the expectations of the community college WFD faculty as depicted by both the workforce development faculty and their administrative leaders regarding the status, the function, and the background of WFD faculty in the community college. One step toward a solution was to develop a WFD faculty profile. WFD leaders and faculty were asked to participate in a study aimed at building a profile of WFD faculty. Developing a WFD faculty profile clarifies the roles and responsibilities of this segment of the community college faculty to the college. The profile included the current status and background of WFD faculty. Further, the answers to the following questions aimed to clarify the issues involved and aid in an understanding of the WFD faculty roles and responsibilities to the community college.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmail
    Committee ChairYeager, Johnjlyeager@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberGerity, Patrickgerityp@wccc.edu
    Committee MemberHughes, Seanshughes@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberSutin, Stewartssutin@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberWeidman, Johnweidman@pitt.edu
    Title: Community College Workforce Development Faculty in Western Pennsylvania
    Status: Published
    Abstract: The workforce development division (WFD) of a community college performs a vital task in the community within which it serves through the actions of its faculty. Because community colleges are mission driven to offer affordable, accessible education to local communities, understanding WFD activities within the community college, WFD, and local and regional businesses to develop effective and efficient credit and noncredit WFD programs of interest requires an understanding of the roles WFD faculty play in the development of WFD. Although the roles and responsibilities of the majority of higher education faculty are evident in related academic literature, literature describing the function of WFD faculty is relatively uncommon. WFD faculty are burdened by a lack of clarity in the identification of their roles and responsibilities. Additionally, the topic of recruitment and selection processes of WFD faculty hardly exists in academic literature. WFD faculty are not bound by conventional descriptions of higher education faculty as their roles are often dictated by collaborative demands of the community, the community college, business, and industry. Recruiting and selecting a faculty member for a community college presents an opportunity to align a department’s goals and objectives with the mission of the community college. This study focused on the roles and responsibilities, recruitment, selection, and professional development of WFD faculty within the community college. The purpose of this study was to describe the expectations of the community college WFD faculty as depicted by both the workforce development faculty and their administrative leaders regarding the status, the function, and the background of WFD faculty in the community college. One step toward a solution was to develop a WFD faculty profile. WFD leaders and faculty were asked to participate in a study aimed at building a profile of WFD faculty. Developing a WFD faculty profile clarifies the roles and responsibilities of this segment of the community college faculty to the college. The profile included the current status and background of WFD faculty. Further, the answers to the following questions aimed to clarify the issues involved and aid in an understanding of the WFD faculty roles and responsibilities to the community college.
    Date: 12 January 2012
    Date Type: Publication
    Defense Date: 28 September 2011
    Approval Date: 12 January 2012
    Submission Date: 01 December 2011
    Release Date: 12 January 2012
    Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Number of Pages: 144
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
    Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, workforce development, faculty, community college, continuing education, professional development
    Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 09:11
    Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 17:03

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