Objective: Professional demands have led to health-care educator specialization in research or patient care. The academy movement is an avenue that attempts to return prestige and importance to improved instruction. The authors performed a needs analysis of selected faculty at 3 chiropractic colleges to assess the need for, and willingness to participate in, an academy of educators program.
Methods: An expert-developed, pretested survey was deployed using SurveyMonkey. Analysis of variance and regression analysis were used to address 3 research questions related to the academy of educators program.
Results: The study achieved a 53% response rate and reflected that an overwhelming majority of chiropractic faulty members (89%) reported the need for an academy of educators. The study found no significant differences between faculty ranks, years of experience, and participation willingness.
Conclusion: A structured approach, such as an academy, to foster professional teaching development may create positive outcomes for an institution. Faculty educators were willing to engage in an efficient program that may improve teaching methods and create opportunities for collaborative working relationships, which signals the potential for wide acceptance of the program.
Author keywords: Academies and Institutes, Health Educators, Chiropractic, Educational Measurement, Faculty
Author affiliations: Palmer College of Chiropractic. Department of Academic Affairs; Palmer College of Chiropractic. Institutional Planning and Effectiveness; Palmer College of Chiropractic. Center for Teaching and Learning; Palmer College of Chiropractic. Department of Academic Affairs. Life Sciences and Foundations (United States / Iowa / Davenport)
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