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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. (Unpublished)

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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
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kohut, Byron/Cbck12@pitt.eduBCK12
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairYeager, Johnjlyeager@pitt.eduJLYEAGER
Committee MemberGerity,
Committee MemberHughes, Seanshughes@pitt.eduSHUGHES
Committee MemberSutin, Stewartssutin@pitt.eduSSUTIN
Committee MemberWeidman, Johnweidman@pitt.eduWEIDMAN
Date: 12 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 28 September 2011
Approval Date: 12 January 2012
Submission Date: 1 December 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 144
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, workforce development, faculty, community college, continuing education, professional development
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 14:11
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:55


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