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The New York Journal of Student Affairs

The New York Journal of Student Affairs

Publication Date

11-28-2011

Document Type

Article

Abstract

A considerable body of research exists on successful student outcomes from interactions with faculty. When such interactions do not take place research often cites issues of student discomfort with faculty members in out-of-class situations as reasons. This qualitative study with eight faculty members at a Southern research institution explored these issues from the faculty perspective. Findings show that faculty may have a similar sense of discomfort about interacting with students outside of the classroom. This has direct implications for the work of student affairs professionals attempting to recruit faculty for co-curricular academic initiatives. The authors offer recommendations for student affairs practice.

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