There are a number of dimensions that need to be accounted for when one thinks about the care and feeding of the college teacher. Adult development perspectives need to be taken into account, and also, career development concepts as we look at the "professoriate". The professoriate needs to be viewed as a total and it is specifically influenced by the institution within which we work. Roles that the professoriate must assume include teacher, scholar, researcher, extension specialist and service. The overall issue when one looks at the developing teacher is being able to blend together these perspectives and avoid what appears to be a very common phenomenon in the professoriate and that is career plateauing or even burnout. It is my contention that we tend to see more career burnout among college teachers than we see in other parts of the role of the professoriate.
adult development, career planning, career burnout, professoriate