ERIC Number: ED174109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Part-Time University Faculty: An Analysis of Work and Salary Cost. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Lowe, Elizabeth B.; Taylor, Alton L.
The work and salary cost of university faculty employed on a part-time basis is compared to the work and salary cost of full-time university faculty. Profiles developed for each group allow comparisons with full-time faculty on three dimensions: identity by full-time equivalency and rank, workload, and salary cost. Data on part-time and full-time faculty in selected disciplines were obtained from five public state universities in the southern United States. Only regular daytime faculty were included. Data were collected on rank; discipline; full-time equivalency; academic year salary; instructional load in courses, students, and student credit hours for one semester; and faculty activities reported by faculty. The results indicate that the part-time faculty members constitute only about six percent of the total faculty, significantly less than reports of 20 to 25 percent nationwide. There is no consistent pattern in the work of part-time faculty: two universities rely on part-time faculty primarily for instruction, two rely upon part-time faculty for both research and instruction, and one relies upon part-time faculty primarily for research. Part-time faculty do cost less at each university when hourly wage rates are calculated. The instructional load cost of part-time faculty is also less at each institution. (SC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)