ERIC Number: ED331083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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Part-Time Teachers--or Teachers, Who Work Part-Time?
The first and most often cited problem of part-time teachers is the question of remuneration. Most part-timers are paid a per-course amount which almost never represents a true pro-rata proportion of a full-time salary at the same institution. Another problem which often concerns part-timers is that they are not eligible for health insurance or retirement programs and are often excluded from many other fringe benefits accorded to full-time colleagues. A third familiar complaint is the lack of status within the department and the academic community. Part-timers find they are excluded from opportunities for professional growth and from possibilities for recognition and reward. A survey of full- and part-time English faculty found that most part-time teachers work in higher education for much the same reasons as full-timers do--because they love teaching, are good at it, and enjoy being a part of the academic community. Major reasons given for choosing part-time work over full-time were the lack of a PhD and the working hours. Teachers who work part-time would like to: be recompensed fairly for the work they do, be seen as significant members of their departments, participate on committees and in decision making processes, have time and opportunities for research and professional development, and enjoy respect from their administrators and colleagues. (Two figures are included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: English Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Communication and Composition (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).