ERIC Number: ED243502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Challenge of Faculty Development for Part-Timers in Noncampus Community Colleges.
Elioff, Ione H.
A description is presented of Vista College's faculty development system, which attempts to provide an atmosphere of support for the part-time faculty who carry over 85% of the teaching assignments. First, the paper provides background on the characteristics of Vista College, a non-campus community college which offers over 400 courses in general education, occupational fields, and continuing education at more than 200 community locations. After discussing the problem of the affiliation of part-time faculty, the paper describes the college's faculty development project, which used a survey of Vista faculty's characteristics, and needs and preferences regarding faculty development in devising the development model. Then, the two major areas of the faculty development program are highlighted: (1) the generic components designed to reach all faculty, which include a faculty handbook, faculty newsletter, and an annual seminar on teaching and learning; and (2) the targeted components designed to meet individual needs, which include orientation for new faculty, peer faculty consultants, mini-seminars on teaching and learning, and curriculum/program area workshops. Finally, conclusions drawn from the project are presented, highlighting the success of the faculty consultation service in providing technical assistance, and the realization that the needs and participation level of part-time faculty and administrators will change over time. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Vista College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Quality in Off-Campus Credit Programs: Challenges, Choices and Concerns, sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education, Kansas State University (Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 2, 1983).