ERIC Number: ED329320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul-31
Utilization of Associate Faculty at Pima Community College: A Report on Surveys of College Associate Faculty and Department Heads.
Silvers, Philip J.
In 1990, a study was conducted of Pima Community College (PCC) associate (i.e., part-time) faculty and department heads to determine current practices and perceptions regarding the utilization of part-time faculty. Questionnaires were mailed to 1,500 faculty members and 65 department heads. Highlighted findings, based on a 51% response rate from the part-time faculty and a 59% response rate from the department heads, included the following: (1) half of the part-time faculty indicated that they were available to teach in the mornings and afternoons, nearly half were available on weekdays and over half could teach at any location; (2) 69% of the faculty respondents reported attending an associate faculty orientation session, while 6.3% were unaware of the existence of such an orientation; (3) the typical faculty respondent had at least 10 years of directly related work experience; (4) courses most frequently taught by associate faculty were math, writing, and computers; (5) 18.9% of the faculty respondents reported that their PCC position was their only job; (6) 56% of the faculty respondents indicated that they would apply for a full-time position in their subject area if one were to become available; (7) 93.9% of the department heads rated part-time faculty orientation as excellent or acceptable; (8) 91.7% rated support services as excellent or acceptable; (9) 39% cited low pay as the probable reasons for associate faculty declining job offers at PCC; and (10) 39.5% of the responding department heads cited another job as the main reason why part-time faculty stop teaching. The survey instruments and cover letters, and selected open-ended comments from department heads are appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pima Community Coll., Tucson, AZ. Office of Research and Planning.