ERIC Number: ED362219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Educator's Peer Instructional Consulting (EPIC) Project.
Hoyt, Donald L.
To develop an effective method for experienced, full-time faculty to mentor new, part-time faculty, Cuyahoga Community College (CCC), in Ohio, initiated the 3-year Educator's Peer Instructional Consulting (EPIC) project in September 1987. EPIC was designed to allow new faculty to quickly learn essential information about the college, their division, students, and available resources, and full-time faculty to benefit from the non-teaching experiences of new teachers. At the beginning of each new term, volunteer full-time faculty were sought to work with no more than three new teachers. Mentor pairs were provided with handbooks on mentoring and faculty responsibilities and met formally at least three times during the term, keeping journals describing their activities and reactions during the mentoring. In the first 3 years of implementation, 379 new part-time faculty (almost 90% of the new part-time hires during the period) were mentored by about 100 full-time faculty. Most faculty reported an increase in the quality of course syllabi, better understanding of college policies and procedures, and an increase in the use of teaching materials. Division heads also reported improvements in the areas of faculty understanding of college policies and reduction of student complaints. Based on project outcomes, CCC began full funding for the EPIC project in September 1991. (MAB)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Collegiality, Community Colleges, Full Time Faculty, Instructional Improvement, Master Teachers, Mentors, Part Time Faculty, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Orientation, Teaching Experience, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cuyahoga Community Coll., Cleveland, OH.