ERIC Number: ED369428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Part-Time Faculty: Here Today, Not Gone Tomorrow, or Professional Development of Part-Time Faculty and the Changing Role of Division Chairpersons.
Yantz, Patricia M.; Bechtold, Charles
Tompkins Cortland Community College (TCCC) in Dryden, New York, opened the College Teaching Center (CTC) in 1988 to address the professional development needs of full- and part-time faculty. The CTC is an autonomous, faculty-directed, professional development program with its own budget and Board of Directors. Activities sponsored by the CTC are open to full- and part-time faculty and local K-12 educators. Each year, the CTC sponsors approximately 18 workshops on issues related to teaching and learning, 25 round table discussions, 6 to 10 software mini-courses, and 6 classroom research projects. In 1990, the CTC was awarded a grant to implement a professional development program for part-time faculty. The 3-year, $110,000 project extended the work of the CTC to include a Master Teacher Certification Program (MTCP), designed to improve teaching effectiveness of part-time faculty, increase their participation in professional development activities, and increase their self-confidence. Since spring 1992, 26 part-time faculty, representing 18% of the part-time population at TCCC, have completed the MTCP. MTCP requirements include faculty participation in 3 core seminars, 10 workshops, 2 sessions of computer instruction, and 1 semester of mentoring experience with a full-time faculty member or a part-timer who has completed the MTCP. Faculty completing the MTCP receive more rapid advancement to higher pay and eligibility to serve as a mentor. As part-time faculty take on larger more permanent roles in community college instruction, programs that strengthen faculty development and support the leadership role of division chairpersons may be a means to better integrate part-timers into the college community. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented the International Conference for Community College Chairs, Deans, and Other Instructional Leaders (3rd, Phoenix, AZ, February 23-26, 1994).