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ERIC Number: ED352647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 8
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Writing Standards: Linking Part-Time and Full-Time Instructors.
Moehs, Judith D.
Despite what institutions and departments are doing to make adjunct instructors feel valued and a part of the college community, there are always two groups: the full-time faculty and the adjuncts. To feel valued, what an adjunct instructor might need more than a mentor, a name tag, or even a raise in pay, is to be considered a professional equal by full-time faculty. An adjunct instructor at Saginaw Valley State University first felt like a professional equal with the full-time English faculty during calibration sessions for a grading project where full-time faculty, adjuncts, and a teaching associate discussed differences in grades assigned to the same paper. It is ironic that while adjuncts are viewed as underminers of quality education, the departments they work for often have no set standards for the adjuncts to uphold. Perhaps the most important thing that can be given adjuncts is a sense of belonging to a group of educators dedicated to furthering quality education through staff interaction. Staff calibration sessions, in which department standards are discussed, established, reviewed and revised, can forge such a professional link between full- and part-time faculty. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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