ERIC Number: ED252119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
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)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Compensation (Remuneration), Departments, Employment Opportunities, Employment Practices, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Mentors, Part Time Faculty, Personnel Policy, Professional Recognition, Teacher Orientation, Teacher Salaries, Work Environment
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the Speech Communication Association (Chicago, IL, November 2-4, 1984).