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Recent national surveys of associate professors (Modern Language Association, 2009; Jaschik, 2012) present a bleak picture: associate professors receive little support from institutions. Without this support, they frequently lose focus, motivation, and experience professorial burnout or melancholia (Baldwin, 1990; Schwab, 1983; Karpiak, 1996). The first part of this study reframed the definition of faculty development, reviewed the related literature, and investigated three themes: the portrait of the associate professor, the results of national surveys, and recent institutional programming efforts for these professors. Through an online qualitative survey, the second part focused on the collection and analysis of data regarding the needs of associate professors at the University of Dayton. Ultimately, this study sought to assess the climate for associate professors and to propose strategic initiatives for institutional administration to support these professors, encourage their self-authorship, and engage them as vital faculty.

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Graduate Research

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Abd El Nasser A Abd El Razek

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


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The Graying and the Disgruntled: A Needs Assessment of Associate Professors