Faculty Identity Construction: The Transition from PhD to the Professoriate

Grant Winners

  • Molly Scanlon, Ph.D. – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Juliette Kitchens, Ph.D. – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Claire Lutkewitte, Ph.D. – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Jessica Organ, B.S. – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean

  • Honggang Yang, Ph.D. – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Abstract

In order to disseminate findings from a three-year study on professional identity construction and to advance the final write-up of research data, we will employ qualitative analysis software (NVivo). After a thorough qualitative analysis of survey and interview data using NVivo, we will then present the findings from Stages I and II of our national study on faculty identity construction at the national conference for College Composition and Communication (CCCC) March 14-17, 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri. CCCC is one of the largest, well-respected conferences in the field of writing studies. Our presentation will connect the survey results from Stage I and the interview narratives collected in Stage II in order to provide the field of writing studies an in depth look at the specific tactics faculty use to construct a professional identity through teaching, research, and service in their transition from junior colleagues to professionals in faculty positions.