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Education: Teaching-Oriented Faculty at Research Universities

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Association for Computing Machinery. Communications of the ACM, Nov 2011, Vol.54(11), p.35 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Education: Teaching-Oriented Faculty at Research Universities
  • Author/Creator: Anonymous
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: United States–Us ; Canada ; College Faculty ; Teaching Methods ; Careers ; Computer Science ; United States ; Schools and Educational Services ; Canada
  • Is Part Of: Association for Computing Machinery. Communications of the ACM, Nov 2011, Vol.54(11), p.35
  • Description: Titles and job details vary from university to university, but teaching-oriented faculty (TOF) contribute significantly to the mission of CS departments in US and Canadian research universities. The nine collaborators of this column are TOF in computer science departments at research universities in the US or Canada; some even have the word "Professor" in their job titles. Judicious use of TOF furthers the university's teaching mission by enabling some specialization. A department can favor assignment of TOF to courses -- often those with large and academically diverse student populations -- that demand particular effort and attention from experienced, committed faculty with a strong focus on teaching. TOF have impact outside of the classroom as well. TOF jobs typically involve teaching and something else that affects undergraduate education. As with other faculty, TOF often perform significant university and professional service. Most importantly, students benefit from studying under a mixture of specialists, experts in groundbreaking areas of research but also experts in teaching.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 00010782