ERIC Number: ED382263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May-23
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Development on the Cheap: A Cost-Effective Approach to Building Intellectual, Instructional, and Interactive Communities.
Williamson, Laurel V.; Mulholland, Kevin
The Osceola Campus (OC) of Valencia Community College, in Florida, has created a three-part faculty development program that is designed to meet the needs of campus faculty, the majority of whom are not tenured or tenure-track, while operating within OC's strict budget constraints. The first branch of the program focuses on creating an intellectual community and stresses scholarly discourse and cultural enrichment by providing instructors with opportunities to discuss topics such as mathematics, theater, poetry, ethics, multiculturalism, and literary theory. The second branch, developing the instructional community, works to strengthen collegiality between full- and part-time instructors; sharpen teaching skills through providing specific advice on teaching strategies such as collaborative learning, holistic grading, and classroom management; and provide feedback and reinforcement to temporary and part-time faculty. The third branch focuses on developing an interactive community, creating links between OC faculty and the wider worlds of academia and work through promoting faculty presentations, use of local resources, securing outside program funding, and working with guest speakers, district schools, and industry, community, and cultural groups. (Appendices include sample materials from the programs of each of the three branches, including the Shakespeare and Alternative Theater series, collaborative learning, holistic grading, critical thinking, mid-semester evaluation, the African-American history project, and notes on a workshop given to district middle school teachers.) (MAB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Collegiality, Community Colleges, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Nontenured Faculty, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Teacher Improvement, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.
Identifiers: Valencia Community College 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 (16th, Austin, TX, May 22-25, 1994).