Laura Soldner (English), Paul Duby (Institutional Research) and Yvonne Lee (Occupational Studies) collaborated on an article titled "Impacts of Internal Motivators and External Rewards on the Persistence of First-Year Experience Faculty." It was published in The Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Their research examined the persistence and attrition of first-year seminar faculty members and revealed that persisting faculty members were not motivated by external rewards (release time, compensation or evaluation criteria). Persisting faculty members were, however, intrinsically motivated to continue teaching first-year seminars due to their changed views on undergraduate teaching, increased involvement in the lives of new freshmen, and expanded interdisciplinary opportunities.



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