ERIC Number: ED260302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 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)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Collective Bargaining, Compensation (Remuneration), Contracts, Equal Protection, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Handbooks, Faculty Recruitment, Institutional Role, Part Time Faculty, Postsecondary Education, Services, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Orientation, Tenure, Vocational Education
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
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.