ERIC Number: ED251144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-27
Reference Count: 0
The Care and Feeding of Part-Time Teachers.
The role of part-time faculty in the community college is discussed in this paper along with ways of improving their performance and morale. Introductory material outlines the advantages of employing part-time teachers (e.g., low cost, high motivation, and fewer commitments), and specifies some of their particular needs (e.g., stability, provision for illness, and the desire to feel needed). Next, the paper highlights important elements for improving part-timers' performance and morale: (1) a president who will support the interests of part-time faculty; (2) a staff development program for part-timers including needs assessment, an orientation session, workshops and seminars, and a developed process of evaluation; (3) freedom for part-timers to innovate and experiment; (4) the need to overcome the prejudices of students and full-time faculty toward part-time instructors; (5) the importance of enhancing the part-timer's pride in his/her work; (6) the need to increase part-timers' participation in departmental and campus activities; (7) the provision of adequate time for part-time faculty to prepare for classes; and (8) a system of performance evaluation. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (Atlanta, GA, October 27-28, 1984).