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ERIC Number: ED279233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Pages: 14
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Boundary-Spanning Professionals: Value-Adding Roles for Part-Time Faculty. Pratt Institutes's Strategy to Enhance Its Curriculum.
Phelan, Andrew
The benefits of using part-time professional faculty are addressed, based on Pratt Institute's strategy for achieving academic excellence. A profile of the institute identifies its mission as essentially professional: it educates, among others, architects, engineers, librarians, and nutritionists. Since there is a need to get professional information directly into the curriculum, Pratt Institute employs large numbers of part-time faculty who are practicing professionals. A core liberal arts program ensures that ethical, humanistic, social, and historical values become an integral part of the professional education. By using full-time professionals who are part-time academics, professional norms and values are introduced into the curriculum, and students' transition into the world of work is eased. A long- time relationship with the institute is encouraged by the union contract for part-time faculty, which extends, on a prorated basis, many of the benefits associated with membership in the faculty. Advice is offered about what should and should not be done when deciding whether to use part-time faculty at a school. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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