Two members of Columbia Southern University’s (CSU) faculty services will have a paper, “Cultivating Stronger Relationships through a Faculty On-Campus Visitation Program,” published on the Faculty Focus newsletter/website in July.
In the paper, Elwin Jones, dean of Academic Services for CSU, and Katherine A. Quinley, faculty services manager for the College of Business, discuss the foundational relationship between faculty members and an online university. The authors explain how the visitation creates an opportunity to meet and exceed the expectations of students, especially in an online environment.
CSU, one of the nation’s earliest online universities, offers online associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in various fields including criminal justice, fire science, occupational safety and health, and business administration.
The article explains how the school’s faculty services team saw a need to enhance the affiliation and connection between remote faculty and the campus support structure. The conclusion was to create a face-to-face meeting configuration, where faculty would come to campus, meet University administration and staff, and be exposed to the institutional culture.
Jones and Quinley added that the primary focus was to enhance the faculty-campus relationship that would translate to greater faculty-student engagement and interaction.
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