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ERIC Number: ED336035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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).