ERIC Number: ED211142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-7
Reference Count: 0
Role Orientation of Community College Occupational Faculty.
Freeman, Nancy S.
A study was conducted at a multicampus community college in Michigan to determine the role orientation of full- and part-time occupational faculty. In addition to collecting demographic data, the study sought to determine whether faculty were locals, characterized by a high level of loyalty to the organization and a low commitment to specialized role skills; cosmopolitans, in whom the levels of loyalty and commitment are reversed; or local-cosmopolitans, belonging to an intermediate category. The study population included 105 full-time faculty members and 193 part-time faculty members in the allied health, business/public service, and industrial technology divisions. Analyses of the responses from 89% of the full-time and 67% of the part-time instructors revealed that part-time faculty identified with the organization more than the literature suggested, indicating, perhaps, high levels of goal realization among this group. Likewise, expectations that full-time faculty would be locals and part-time faculty would be cosmopolitans were not borne out. The loyalty and expertise needed in the institution appeared to be balanced in the two groups. The study report reviews the literature on part-time faculty, discusses cosmopolitan/local theory and its application in previous studies, details study methodology and findings, and provides recommendations for further research. The survey instrument and an extensive bibliography are appended. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual University of South Carolina Conference on Educational Issues and Research (3rd, Columbia, SC, November 1981).