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ERIC Number: ED216737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec-1
Reference Count: 0
Faculty Development for Part-Timers: First Annual Report, September 1, 1980 to August 31, 1981.
Elioff, Ione; And Others
In 1980, Vista College (a non-campus, public community college where part-time faculty teach 85% of the courses) received funding to develop an effective faculty development model for part-time instructors in postsecondary institutions. The project was designed to break down the isolation of part-time faculty, encourage a sense of college and faculty identity, and provide instructional and administrative support. After an analysis of existing activities and part-time faculty needs, four types of services and procedures were developed and pilot-tested: (1) audiovisual orientation materials and an expanded faculty handbook were developed to introduce part-time instructors to college services, resources, staff, programs, and procedures; (2) a variety of training seminars and workshops were offered and bi-weekly faculty support sessions were held; (3) a monthly faculty journal was produced emphasizing teaching and learning concerns; and (4) peer Teaching and Learning Consultants were selected and trained to provide aid and advisement to faculty. The project's first-year goals also included the modification of faculty evaluation procedures; however, this aspect of the project was eliminated in light of standardized evaluation procedures for the district. To assess the outcomes of the project five kinds of evaluation strategies were used to gather formative data about the project services and products, revealing strong faculty support for the program. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Peralta Community Coll. System, Berkeley, CA. Vista Coll.