ERIC Number: ED382262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May-24
Reference Count: N/A
Adjuncts Disjunct? Your Institution's Defunct.
Williamson, Laurel V.; Mulholland, Kevin
At Valencia Community College's Osceola Campus, adjunct instructors make up over 75% of the teaching force. Adjunct faculty are given several challenges: to contribute to every aspect of campus life; to affect major instructional instruction; and to be aware of the constraints created by college policy and a regard for instructional excellence. Using a construct referred to as the "academic voice," the Osceola Campus seeks to combine empowerment with a directive instructional environment. Adjuncts are empowered through their participation in departmental affairs and the faculty association, under a system of management that is responsive to their concerns. The most formal instruments used to shape instruction are the "Faculty Handbook" and a handout on syllabus preparation. The"Faculty Handbook" is a clear and friendly guide to what is expected of adjunct faculty, including explanations of important policies, a handy list of "do's and don'ts," and a model syllabus. Rather than resenting the constraints imposed by the directive handbook, adjuncts are pleased to find a concise guide through important policies and procedures. The "Faculty Handbook" has reduced both trivial and serious breaches of college procedure. Documents such as a list of in-class substitute assignments, skills-based discipline handouts, and materials used to support writing offer invaluable assistance. Finally, adjuncts go through a rigorous evaluation procedure that offers praise, direction, and blame. This document includes a case study of the use of the "academic voice" to shape instruction in the humanities, and sample pages from the handbook, syllabus guide, and other materials for adjuncts. (KP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Valencia Community College Osceola Campus FL
Note: Paper and materials presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (15th, Austin, TX, May 23-29, 1993).