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Title:A conceptualization of social responsibility among faculty of a private liberal arts college
Author(s):Cecil, Kyle
Director of Research:Cain, Timothy R.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Cain, Timothy R.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Ikenberry, Stanley O.; Kuchinke, K. Peter; Alter, Theodore
Department / Program:Ed Organization and Leadership
Discipline:Ed Organization and Leadership
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):higher education
liberal arts college
social responsibility
Abstract:This qualitative study investigated how social responsibility was conceptualized and practiced by interpreting the narratives of 15 faculty members at a Midwestern private liberal arts college. Key findings indicated that social responsibility at the college was found in the collective focus on how best to develop students’ (graduates’, citizens’) cognitive and moral understandings and their subsequent propensities to live their lives in accordance with those principles. Faculty efforts to address social responsibility were intentional but were not the same as those described in the literature. The definition understood and enacted by faculty at Midwest College was specific and particular and was a link from the edge of the broader social responsibility literature to the literature on student development. Social responsibility was embedded in practice, primarily in teaching, and was exemplified through faculty efforts at fostering the holistic development of students. Social responsibility was evidenced through the conception of values that undergird faculty members’ approaches to teaching at the college.
Issue Date:2013-08-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Kyle Cecil
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-08-22
Date Deposited:2013-08

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