Professional conduct of academic staff in public universities in Kenya: learners’ perception
Wainaina, Paul K.
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One of the key roles and responsibilities of academic staff in a university is to develop the intellectual capacity of their learners by imparting knowledge and skills. They also play a fundamental role in moulding the behaviour and character of their learners. To be able to carry out these roles, the university’s academic staff must exhibit standard of conduct that is beyond reproach. Given their high standing in the world of academia, coupled with the roles expected of them, the society expects university academic staff to be role-models and mentors to their learners. They must exhibit professional competence, integrity, trust and respect as these are crucial attributes to the all-round growth of their students. The academic staff, like other professionals, should cooperate and work as a team for the good of their learners. This study therefore, focused on evaluation of the conduct of academic staff in selected public universities in Kenya from the perceptions of their learners. It was an exploratory study that involved a sample of 50 students who were randomly selected from three public universities in the country. The findings indicate that the academic staff exhibited fairly morally acceptable conduct on some behavioral characteristics but not on others