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ERIC Number: ED260302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 50
Abstractor: N/A
Part-Time Occupational Faculty: A Contribution to Excellence. Information Series No. 300.
Parsons, Michael H.
Part-time faculty are essential to the accomplishment of the mission of postsecondary occupational education institutions. A commitment to excellence requires a comprehensive, systematic design for part-time faculty recruitment, development, assessment, and integration into the institution's delivery system. Careful attention to recruitment recognizes that the part-time teacher often personifies the institution for the student. Once recruited, part-time personnel must be integrated into the educational environment, made aware of its requirements, and provided with necessary support. A comprehensive orientation process for new faculty might include an intake interview, reinforced by group orientation. Use of a checklist guarantees that all important issues are discussed. Institutions must develop an equitable remuneration system. The legal issues surrounding part-timers' property rights to the teaching position and tenure can be clarified with a contract specifying institutional policies. Faculty rights to equal protection, their place in collective bargaining, and the position of accrediting agencies should be considered. Use of a part-time faculty handbook and provision of adequate support services are important elements of the integration process. Other elements are systems of part-time faculty evaluation and development, which have a direct impact on educational excellence. From the demographics of their use to their role in needs assessment and institutional marketing, part-time faculty are an integral part of the mission of postsecondary institutions. (SK)
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. IN300--$5.50).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.