A Discipline wise Comparison of Challenges and Problems of Tenure Track Teachers
Keywords:Challenges, Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), Problems, Tenure Track (TT) Tenure Track Teachers
The objectives of the study are to explore the problems and challenges encountered by the Tenure Track (TT) teachers in four academic disciplines (Natural Science, Computer science, Social science, and Arts and Humanities) and to identify the strategies employed by the TT teachers in order to address the challenges and problems. Four TT teachers were interviewed for data collection. Through the thematic analysis of the semi structured interviews, several challenges and problems were identified such as, divergent responsibilities, lack of collegial and administrative support, unbalanced family life and less time and resources available for research. TT teachers mentioned that evaluation criteria should be discipline wise specific because the opportunities for publications are different for everyone. Along with the challenges and problems, the participants also shared the ways they address them. Firstly, they try to address the challenge or problem by themselves and then seek their colleagues’ help. In few cases, the TT teachers used to consult the higher authorities of the institute, if needed. It is concluded that reasonable workload, sufficient support from institute, amendment in the evaluation criteria with respect to discipline and professional development opportunities can reduce the challenges and problems faced by TT teachers. These amendments would lead towards the efficient working of TT teachers.
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