ERIC Number: ED326275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The Associate Program for Adjunct Instructors.
Gerda, Joe; And Others
At the College of the Canyons in California, the majority of faculty are adjunct instructors, many of whom have had little formal background in teaching. In an effort to support these faculty and to assure the quality of instruction, the Associate Program for Adjunct Instructors was instituted. The program emphasizes the development and evaluation of skills rather than the dissemination of information, and instructors who complete the program become Adjunct Associate Instructors. The program completion involves four steps: (1) obtaining a recommendation from the division chairperson, which usually requires that the adjunct first complete at least one semester of instruction at the college; (2) completing a 24-hour Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) in which each participant presents a series of 10-minute videotaped presentations; (3) completing an 8- to 10-hour Advanced Teaching Workshop (ATW), which examines issues such as questioning techniques, critical thinking, and writing across the curriculum; and (4) undergoing a classroom evaluation which involves classroom observation and feedback from colleagues and/or students. Benefits for Associates completing the program include improved teaching skills; the professional status of having completed the ISW and the ATW; and a program stipend and 10% salary increase. Criteria for candidate selection include seniority, the number of times an instructor has applied to the program, a fair representation of disciplines, and comments submitted by division chairs. An application for admission to the program is appended. (GFW)
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Community Colleges, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Development, Part Time Faculty, Peer Evaluation, Program Descriptions, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Workshops, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA.