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ERIC Number: ED350066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Part Time Faculty Staff Development Model for the Nineties.
The Central Texas College Europe Campus (CTCEC), in Hanau, Germany, provides associate degrees for American Armed Services personnel stationed in Europe. Between 1980 and 1990, part-time faculty at CTCEC increased from 60% to 80%. In order to meet the training needs of this growing number of adjunct faculty, a Committee for Professional Development was established, comprised of two full-time faculty, four part-time faculty, two students, and one administrator. To assist in developing a professional development plan, the committee contacted other institutions, conducted a literature review, and examined student course evaluations. In addition, a survey was sent to 45 full-time faculty, 171 part-time faculty, and 12 administrators, of whom 163 responded for a 71% response rate. The survey showed that the professional development program should emphasize student assessment, teaching methodology, and curriculum up-dating. The student course evaluations indicated discrepancies in evaluation procedures, lack of creativity in presenting instructional materials, and concerns about the currency of the curriculum. The first three development workshops, presented by CTCEC in March 1989, addressed test construction techniques, time management, and lesson planning. The next series of workshops examined syllabi and textbook reviews, computer literacy, and classroom discussion techniques. While major equipment acquisitions are still not possible, limited funds for faculty to take courses at other institutions are now available. Faculty feedback and student evaluations indicate that the program is achieving its goals. The survey instrument is included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Armed Forces, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Instructional Improvement, Multicampus Colleges, Part Time Faculty, Program Development, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Central Texas College
Note: Paper presented at the University of South Carolina and South Carolina Commission of Higher Education conference, "Enhancing the Quality of Teaching in Postsecondary Institutions: Challenges for the 90's" (Charleston, SC, February 1-3, 1991).