ERIC Number: ED191531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Part-Time Faculty Are Unique. Monograph No. 1.
Despite the growing importance of part-time faculty, staff development plans requiring them to carry equal responsibilities with full-time instructors can have negative effects. Indeed, as part-time instructors shoulder more of the burden of student advising and curriculum development, demands for equity in remuneration will result in rising costs, reduced enrollments, and fewer full- and part-time faculty positions. If this is to be avoided, part-time faculty must be viewed not as partial editions of their full-time colleagues, but as unique contributors to the educational enterprise. As such, they provide the institution with variety in programming, lower costs, new rapport between the college and the community, and an increased responsiveness to the needs of non-traditional, part-time students. Given this unique role, it is unrealistic to expect the outside professionals hired as part-time instructors to have time for or interest in negotiations concerning institutional matters beyond their immediate teaching assignment. Similarly, it is unsound to base part-time faculty remuneration on full-time criteria such as research effort and community service. While part-time faculty members deserve basic information concerning their responsibilities within the institution, colleges should, by limiting their non-instructional responsibilities, preserve the unique role of part-time instructors. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: COMBASE, Stockton, CA.