Research in Higher Education

, Volume 52, Issue 8, pp 808–829 | Cite as

A Culture of Teaching: Policy, Perception, and Practice in Higher Education

  • Bradley E. CoxEmail author
  • Kadian L. McIntosh
  • Robert D. Reason
  • Patrick T. Terenzini


In an effort to identify policies that foster an institutional “culture of teaching,” or encourage use of effective pedagogies, this study uses data from 5,612 faculty members at 45 institutions to examine connections between institutional policies and faculty members’ perceptions and practices related to teaching and learning. A series of multi-level models suggests that academic policy variables have small and generally insignificant relationships to such faculty perceptions or practices. Instead, conventional institutional characteristics, such as selectivity and Carnegie classification, appear to be more influential factors.


College faculty Culture Institutional policy Instructional practices 



This research was supported by a grant from The Spencer Foundation. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors, and no endorsement by the Foundation should be inferred. Special thanks are also due to Charles F. Blaich and the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bradley E. Cox
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kadian L. McIntosh
    • 2
  • Robert D. Reason
    • 2
  • Patrick T. Terenzini
    • 2
  1. 1.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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