ERIC Number: ED172855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development for Adjunct Faculty in Michigan Community Colleges.
Fent, James E.
Adjunct faculty, that is, part-time instructors employed for a specific purpose who may not be teachers by profession, comprise more than 50% of the total teaching faculty in community colleges. This study investigated what selected community colleges identified as professional development needs of adjunct faculty, and what adjunct faculty themselves perceived as their development needs; and presented guidelines for an adjunct faculty professional development model for community colleges. A Community College Data Form, completed by 29 administrators in 15 Michigan community colleges supplied data on institutional priorities and perceived needs for development as well as demographic characteristics of the colleges. Of the responding administrators, 88% indicated their college did not have a professional development program; a majority of the remaining respondents indicated that their programs were informal. A Needs Assessment Survey was sent to 15% (307) of all adjunct faculty members and was completed by 79% (243). Responses indicated that adjunct faculty felt they needed more information and development activities than they received. A majority responded that a faculty-instructed, departmental program would be the most beneficial, and expressed a need for closer liaison with full-time faculty and college administration. A model development program is outlined and survey instruments are appended. (DR)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Needs, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Needs Assessment, Part Time Faculty, Questionnaires, State Surveys, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Improvement, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan