ERIC Number: ED336035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Part-time Faculty in the Community College: A Study of Their Qualifications, Frustrations, and Involvement. AIR 1991 Annual Forum Paper.
Kelly, Diana K.
This paper discusses a study that examined the characteristics of part-time faculty in order to gain a better understanding of their needs so that better decisions might be made in part-time faculty management. Implications for institutional researchers who plan to study part-time faculty were also examined, including the challenges of obtaining responses from part-time faculty and the ethical issues involved in studying this group. The study was conducted during the fall 1988 semester at Fullerton College, a large suburban community college in Southern California. Of the 371 part-time faculty who were surveyed, usable responses were received from 314. The issues addressed were (1) the qualifications of part-time faculty; (2) their frustrations concerning pay and resource allocation, and their general feelings about their status in relation to full-time faculty; and (3) their involvement in the school and with other faculty. Among major findings were: that part-time faculty averaged lower degree attainment but high other professional qualifications; that part-time faculty feel they are treated as second-class citizens; and that few feel involved with the college but that 60 percent want more involvement. Also provided are seven detailed profiles of part-time faculty which were developed through multiple regression analysis. Contains 13 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Faculty College Relationship, Full Time Faculty, Higher Education, Multiple Regression Analysis, Part Time Faculty, Profiles, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Morale, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Qualifications, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; California; Fullerton College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (31st, San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 1991).