Welcome from the Director, Tracy Poon Tambascia
WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR, Tracy Poon Tambascia
Welcome to the Faculty Assembly! As the Assembly comes into its sixth year, it’s a good time to examine how faculty have engaged with the association in the past, understand NASPA’s current relationship with faculty, and look ahead to the changing world of academia and ask how NASPA will engage faculty in the future.
To that end, I have been reviewing the 2017 Minding Your Business survey results, focusing on faculty responses, and also reviewing past assessments and surveys that contain faculty data. The emerging picture is positive; current faculty members of NASPA value the association for its many contributions to professional development, valuable insight and briefings related to policy, and the opportunity to remain connected to the important work of practitioners.
While it is clear that there are many programs and services for faculty, there is little examination of faculty needs that are differentiated by rank, level of experience or role. We can certainly point to excellent current programs related to mentorship, a leadership academy, online discussions for graduate prep faculty, and an online professional development series – among many other excellent offerings. However, there is little dialogue about how new, junior and pre-tenure faculty have needs that are distinct from those who are mid-career or senior faculty. There is also a growing number of part-time and non-tenure track faculty, whose work likely differs from that of traditional, tenure/tenure track faculty. NASPA currently groups all faculty together, even though it recognizes the different developmental and professional needs of other members, including undergraduate and grad students, as well as new professionals, AVP’s and SSAOs. It may make sense to approach program development in the future more deliberately, considering the range of professional development needs among faculty at different ranks and stages of their career.
I close with a short list of the goals for the Faculty Division. There are many details related to these four items, and I hope to have conversations with NASPA colleagues in the coming months to find ways in which we can work together to reach these goals.
Understand what faculty want/need from NASPA
Advance programs and services that meet the differentiated needs of faculty
Increase faculty membership in NASPA
Foster critical dialogue about graduate preparation curriculum and how we are preparing new professionals
I hope you will consider getting involved in the many different initiatives that the Assembly and Council offer. NASPA is a volunteer organization and we need your involvement and help. Please contact any of the Faculty Council members to share ideas and to get involved. Please visit NASPA Volunteer Central https://www.naspa.org/about/get-involved/volunteer to see the many opportunities that are available.
Tracy Poon Tambascia, EdD
Director, NASPA Faculty Division
Chair, NASPA Faculty Council
Professor of Clinical Education
Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California