ERIC Number: ED240917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Richness of Language and the Poverty of Part-Timers: Impact and Invisibility.
Wallace, M. Elizabeth
The difficulties experienced by part-time faculty members are discussed, and some benefits of part-time teaching are identified. Among the problems faced by part-time staff are per-course salaries, lack of college-paid benefits, job insecurity, and invisibility on campus. If the part-time teaching position is a primary source of income and career satisfaction, the teacher may be discouraged by exclusion from faculty governance, from opportunities for professional growth, and from possibilities for recognition and reward. On the other hand, part-time teaching can be a challenge if it is a break from a full-time job, a chance to stay in touch with the classroom, an opportunity for important professional connections, and a supplementary source of income and career satisfaction. Part-timers need to be treated like colleagues, paid fairly, and given adequate encouragement and opportunity for professional growth. It is possible that part-timers' low wages and hard work covering introductory courses may make it possible for the academic profession to survive the current demographic crisis. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (New York, December 1983).