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ERIC Number: ED252119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Use and Abuse of Part-Time Faculty: The Part-Timers' Point of View.
Wilson, Wendy L.
Problems faced by part-time faculty members are identified, and suggestions to avoid mistreatment of these teachers are offered. Disadvantages of part-time teaching include the lack of equitable pay and benefits. Since most institutions have a standard pay rate for part-timers, it is suggested that teaching excellence be recognized by creating teaching chairs for part-time faculty. Additional compensation could be paid from the institution's foundations or solicited from corporate sources. One incentive for part-timers is to suggest that they will be considered to full-time faculty openings. The separation of part-timers from their departments could be avoided by scheduling faculty and committee meetings at times part-timers might be able to attend. Another method of creating more cohesiveness between a department and its part-time faculty might be the use of a mentor system, where a full-time faculty member is assigned to each part-timer. Their function would be to act as a liaison, to explain informal rules and departmental business. In addition, orientation sessions for part-time faculty members could include an introduction to student support services. Providing office space and secretarial support would also be helpful to part-timers. A nine-item bibliography is included. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the Speech Communication Association (Chicago, IL, November 2-4, 1984).