ERIC Number: ED306807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Role of Temporary Faculty in Undergraduate Education at the Three Arizona Universities.
Davis, George H.; And Others
One of the working papers in the final report of the Arizona Board of Regents' Task Force on Excellence, Efficiency and Competitiveness, this study focuses on the role of temporary faculty at Arizona's three public universities, noting that the quality of overall education of students taught by temporary instructors relates importantly to the care with which the instructors are recruited, trained, and evaluated and to their level of compensation. Though no one has proved that temporary instructors teach with less effectiveness than regular faculty, conditions of employment of temporary faculty are often limiting to exploitative, affecting the quality of the educational experience for the students. On all three Arizona campuses, many factors indicate students enrolled in entry-level mathematics and English cannot be receiving the quality of instruction they should expect. Arizona's hiring practices, training and orientation, operational support, performance evaluation, and salary compensation are noted. Four recommendations are: each university should examine the conditions of employment of temporary faculty in departments marked by heavy enrollment service loads; policy guidelines should be developed ensuring that the conditions of employment are consistent with institutional goals of quality education; institutional budgeting practices should be modified to allow most temporary faculty to be hired 4 months before the start of a semester; and planning and recruiting practices should be developed to minimize the use of part-time temporary faculty. (SM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Competition, Educational Quality, Efficiency, Excellence in Education, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Nontenured Faculty, Public Colleges, State Universities, Teacher Influence, Teacher Selection, Teacher Student Relationship, Temporary Employment, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Board of Regents, Phoenix.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona