ERIC Number: ED180517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Part-Time Faculty: Their Responsibilities & Their Effectiveness.
Landers, Marilyn G.
An ERIC search was conducted to determine what studies have been completed comparing the quality of part-time faculty with that of full-time teachers. The search found no comparative studies, but it did reveal that evaluations of part-time teachers are often subjective and provide inconclusive findings. Although some studies point to the higher percentages of full-time faculty with higher degrees and with more teaching experience, other studies stress the valuable expertise brought by part-time instructors from the business world. Other sources consider evaluation tools, support services, and accessibility of faculty. The search also sought to determine the ways in which part-time instructors are used most effectively. Studies revealed that part-time faculty are highly used in adult education and extension courses, that they provide specialized expertise, and that they are willing to teach at odd times and locations. This insures the college's ability to adjust to sudden shifts in enrollment and course needs. The final area of investigation of the search was related to the differences between the responsibilities of full- and part-time faculty. Findings indicated that many part-time staff are not given office space and are not paid to hold office hours or participate in orientation or department meetings. References to specific studies are included. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Evaluation Criteria, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Workload, Full Time Faculty, Labor Utilization, Literature Reviews, Noninstructional Responsibility, Part Time Faculty, Personnel Policy, Postsecondary Education, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Salaries
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Association of Junior Coll. Instructional Administrators.
Note: Excerpted from the Annual Report to the Texas Association of Junior and Community College Instructional Administrators by the Research Committee (8th, June, 1979)