ERIC Number: ED373822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May-24
Reference Count: N/A
Collaborative Efforts To Improve Conditions for Adjunct Faculty.
Bethke, Roz; Nelson, Virginia
Describing an effort to improve conditions for adjunct faculty in the communications division at Johnson County Community College (JCCC), in Kansas, this paper outlines steps taken and provides materials generated by the effort. Following a brief abstract of the project, two sample essays written by full-time faculty with experience as adjuncts are provided which were used to examine their experiences and perceptions of the adjuncts' status. Next, information is presented on the types of people who work as part-time faculty in general and at JCCC, and the following recommendations for improving conditions developed from a joint meeting of full-time and adjunct faculty are provided: (1) improve program-specific training and promote professionalism among adjuncts by providing training and mentors for new adjuncts and informing adjuncts of development opportunities; (2) improve communication between adjuncts through an adjunct instructor committee; (3) improve communication between adjunct and full-time faculty by holding social events, publishing a teachers' directory, and encouraging participation in program meetings; and (4) improve morale and the working environment by equipping the adjunct room with office supplies, recognizing long-time adjuncts with titles and honors, and allowing long-time adjuncts to participate in decision-making. Finally, sample materials developed from these recommendations are provided, including faculty directory worksheets, information on adjunct compensation at JCCC, a schedule for an adjunct orientation, and materials related to an adjunct appreciation day. (Contains 10 references.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson County Community Coll., Overland Park, KS.
Identifiers: Johnson County Community College KS
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (16th, Austin, TX, May 22-25, 1994).