Views of effective college faculty: A mixed analysis

John R. Slate, Kimberly Nichols LaPrairie, Don P. Schulte, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie

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A mixed analysis of the perceived characteristics of effective college faculty members was conducted through surveying 615 students, predominantly Hispanic, enrolled in courses at two southwest Hispanic-serving universities. Beliefs were identified that led to 29 prevailing themes: knowledgeable; understanding; communication; teaches well; caring; organised; flexibility; positive attitude; patience; experience in the classroom; fair; helping; respectful; open-minded; builds relationships; passion for the job; service; makes learning interesting; uses different modalities; fun; motivating; intelligent; involving students; being available; friendly; connects with the real world; listening; creativity; and challenges student. Of these themes, knowledgeable, understanding, communication and teaches well received the highest endorsements and are congruent with student evaluations that are components of promotion and tenure decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-346
Number of pages16
JournalAssessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • College faculty
  • Mixed research
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Student voices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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