ERIC Number: ED301239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May-19
Reference Count: 0
Report of the Professional Concerns Subcommittee of the AMATYC Education Committee. Results of the Professional Concerns Questionnaire.
Hirsch, Lewis R.; And Others
In February 1986, the Professional Concerns Subcommittee of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) conducted a survey to assess the availability and preparation of two-year college mathematics faculty. Questionnaires were distributed to mathematics chairs at 950 two-year colleges nationwide, requesting information on the department's hiring history and practices, the characteristics of faculty members who had left the college recently, qualifications for adjunct faculty, opinions concerning the existence of a shortage of qualified faculty, effects of hiring increasing proportions of part-time faculty, the educational background of current faculty, the most important areas of preparation for faculty, and professional development needs. Study findings, based on responses from 200 department heads, included the following: (1) the number of mathematics faculty employed in two-year colleges between fall 1984 and 1985 remained generally stable, although there was a slight increase in the number of full-time faculty; (2) although colleges did not report any severe difficulties in finding qualified individuals for their full-time positions, respondents perceived no surplus of candidates; and (3) data and opinion seemed to indicate that there was a shortage of qualified part-time personnel, and many colleges were opting to hire less than qualified applicants for some positions. The questionnaire is appended. (AAZC)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Mathematics, Community Colleges, Department Heads, Employment Patterns, Full Time Faculty, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, National Surveys, Part Time Faculty, Questionnaires, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Retirement, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.