ERIC Number: ED242364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul-28
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Perceived Professional Development Needs of Part-Time Faculty Members at Marshalltown Community College.
McCright, Gerald J.
A study was conducted at Marshalltown Community College to determine the professional development needs of part-time faculty at the college. A five-part survey instrument was sent to 39 instructors requesting information on personal characteristics, professional development needs and incentives, professional climate, and instructors' opinions. Study findings, based on responses from 31 instructors, included the following: (1) the respondents had a high level of formal education, with 65% holding a master's degree or above; (2) the respondents had a wide variety of teaching experience and 64% had been teaching for more than 4 years; (3) 37% indicated that enjoyment of teaching was their primary reason for taking part-time employment as faculty members; (4) the respondents indicated a high level of concern for the content material they were teaching; and (5) the respondents indicated the highest level of interest in "special recognition for innovative teaching" as a professional development incentive. Based on study findings, it was recommended that part-time instructors be more fully recognized as an important segment of the total instructional staff, that workshops with varied formats be instituted for professional development, and that an annual meeting for full- and part-time faculty members be held. The survey instrument, cover letters, and faculty comments are appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Marshalltown Community College IA
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.