doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2018.25103

 

Haitian Agricultural Faculty Preparation for Their Academic Roles

Absalon Pierre

University of Florida AREA Project

Marie Christelle Calixte

Kelly Moore

J. C. Bunch

Rosalie Koenig

University of Florida

Lemâne Delva

University of Florida AREA Project

T. Grady Roberts

University of Florida

Abstract

Food insecurity is widespread in Haiti. The tertiary agriculture institutionshave the great challenge of educating the future professionals who will help in meeting the growth needs of the Haitian agriculture sector.The extent that faculty are prepared for the teaching roles is unknown. This study examined this topic using a basic qualitative study that consisted of interviews with 37 lecturers working at five leading agricultural universities in Haiti. Data were analyzed using a basic thematic analysis. Results revealed the majority of participants generally felt well-prepared for their academic roles. The institutional climate for professional development is variable across the universities represented by the participants of this study. Incentives for participating in professional development were primarily intrinsic. There were 56 specific topics suggested by participants for professional development trainings.

Keywords:professional development, higher education, Haiti, faculty

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