ERIC Number: ED288200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
"Colloquium": A Conversation about Excellence.
Nist, Elizabeth A.
Small community or vocational colleges often face the problem of trying to run quality academic programs with adjunct or part-time faculty who have little contact with the regular faculty and little say in policy-making. The Utah Valley Community College writing program, which successfully combined regular and adjunct faculty in planning and decision making, developed a plan for frequent staff colloquiums, for conversation and staff development. Adjunct faculty were paid their hourly rate to attend, and contract staff were expected to attend as well. A flexible curriculum guide for teaching writing was drawn up and distributed to the staff, and manuals for other writing courses were also drafted. A growth of rapport and trust was instrumental in overcoming a period of slowed progress, when adjunct faculty were not exercising their right to voice opinions. To continue the program, a contract faculty member was given time to chair the colloquium, and a staff development course, "Instructional Methods in College Writing Courses," was funded and will be offered again. Essential for the success of the colloquium program was the participation of both adjunct and contract faculty, with equal votes and equal respect from colleagues. (JC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (Logan, UT, August 5-7, 1987).