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INVESTIGATING FACULTY ROLE MODELS IN ACADEMIA: WHAT ROLE MODELS DO ACADEMIC FACULTY HAVE?
A role model may play an important role in an individual’s career, such as in the case of faculty of higher education. However, not much is known about how one perceives these role models in an academic setting. There is limited research into the unique attributes that distinguish between
types of role models. Hence, this study attempts to better understand faculty role modelsand shed light onto those attributes which set them apart.
The purpose of the study can be realized through two research questions, (1) What are some of the role models that academic faculty follow? and (2) What attributes do those role models possess? This study has iteratively developed surveys designed to elicit answers to these questions, and the survey responses will be used to promote a meaningful conversation about faculty role
models. The results will contribute towards improving career development programs to create a positive impact on faculty effectiveness and success.