Motivating Faculty

If faculty are to encourage student computer use and serve as role models, it is imperative that they also have opportunity to become computer competent. Even when literate, the integration of computing into the curriculum will require significant effort on the part of the faculty. Faculty must be motivated to expend this energy.

It must be made clear to faculty that their efforts in integrating computing into the curriculum are encouraged by the University. Deans, department chairs, promotion and tenure committees and other administrative groups must all lend their support. Deans and chairs should support the acquisition of computers within departments, support attendance at conferences dealing with integration of computers into the curriculum and consider such efforts favourably in annual reviews of faculty performance. The Promotion and Tenure committee should consider the development of courseware and novel approaches to integration of computing into instruction and research as strong evidence of meritorious teaching and scholarly activity.