ERIC Number: ED355578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Benefits on a Budget: Addressing Adjunct Needs.
Cohen, Marlene C.
When part-time or adjunct faculty have been on the same campus for 10 years or when they teach several sections per semester, they are not rendering partial service. All institutions of higher education owe much of their success to these adjunct instructors who can provide students with experience that links education to the workplace and make up 63% of community college faculty nationwide. A questionnaire administered to 149 adjunct faculty members at Prince George's Community College in Maryland revealed that personal satisfaction and acquiring teaching experience for career purposes were their primary reasons for doing adjunct teaching. The questionnaire, and subsequent focus group sessions, also revealed that adjunct faculty feel the need for a greater sense of belonging to the institution and for a better orientation to the campus and college policies. Changes were instituted in 1990-91 following the survey recommendations: (1) increase pay based on longevity; (2) list names and provide appropriate educational title of adjunct instructors who have taught 24 hours or more in the college catalog; (3) uniformly use the title "adjunct," not "part-time;" (4) hold new faculty orientation sessions each semester; (5) offer more faculty workshops; (6) create an adjunct faculty handbook; (7) annually honor a nominated and selected outstanding adjunct faculty member. (SAM)
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