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Natural Sciences Education Abstract - Graduate Education

An Analysis of Teaching Competencies of Junior Faculty with Different Levels of Graduate Teaching Assistant Experiences


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  1. Vol. 41 No. 1, p. 1-6
    Received: Apr 13, 2011
    Published: December 7, 2012

    * Corresponding author(s): athoron@ufl.edu
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  1. Andrew C. Thoron *a,
  2. Brian E. Myersb,
  3. Amy Harderb,
  4. Nicole Stedmanb and
  5. T. Grady Robertsb
  1. a Univ. of Florida, 407 Rolfs Hall, P.O. Box 110540, Gainesville, FL 32611
    b Univ. of Florida Rolfs Hall, P.O. Box 110540, Gainesville, FL 32611


This casual–comparative study was conducted to determine the professional development needs of teaching faculty with fewer than 6 years of university teaching experience (n = 67). Faculty were compared on the level of teaching assistantship responsibility during their graduate degree program. The purpose of this article is to provide faculty development officers with fundamental considerations for achieving quality professional development with junior faculty based on previous teaching experience. This study found professional development needs should be tailored based on teaching assistant experiences.

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