ERIC Number: ED367429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Part-Time Faculty: Partners in Excellence.
Leadership Abstracts, v6 n6 Jun 1993
Over the past 2 decades community colleges have developed an increasing reliance on the use of part-time faculty, generally rationalizing the practice as an important strategy for saving money and maintaining flexibility. Critics have seen the extensive use of part-timers as a disturbing trend, and several groups have attempted to set limits on the ratio of part- to full-time faculty. However, part-time faculty are good and highly motivated teachers, receiving the same ratings and achieving the same student outcomes as their full-time counterparts. They bring breadth, depth, and relevance to the curriculum and allow colleges to teach subjects that would otherwise be excluded from the curriculum. They can provide a strong link to the community and to the workplace, as well as a tried and tested talent pool for recruiting full-time faculty. If care is taken to provide for their professional development and integration into the mainstream of the institution, part-time faculty can be key institutional assets. The professional development of part-time faculty should include an orientation workshop, a mentor program, and workshops and seminars on topics such as testing, grading, and teaching. Part-time faculty should also be provided opportunities to contribute to the instructional program and be recognized and be paid for their contributions. Colleges are overdue in viewing part-time faculty as full and equal members of the collegium. (ECC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.