Transforming in the visiting assistant professor role: collaborative self-study research in physical education teacher education

James D. Ressler, K. Andrew R. Richards

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Abstract

Transitioning into faculty roles can be a challenging experience. Responsibilities related to teaching, research, and service can be difficult to balance, and mismatch between personal preferences for work focus and instructional expectations can be problematic. This is particularly true of visiting assistant professors who want to work toward tenure-track positions, but whose current job focus is on teaching. Through transformative learning theory and employing the methodologies of self-study, we sought to understand the experiences of Kevin, the second author and a first-year visiting assistant professor. We draw data from Kevin's reflective journal and discussions between Kevin and his critical friend, Jim. Themes included (a) becoming an academic, (b) a hard-wired disposition toward work, and (c) influence of the VAP on emotional and personal health. Results are discussed through the lens of transformative learning theory and focus on Kevin's growth during his year as a visiting assistant professor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-519
Number of pages13
JournalSport, Education and Society
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 13 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Visiting assistant professor
  • faculty roles
  • higher education
  • self-study of teacher education practice
  • transformative learning theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Education

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