ERIC Number: ED390475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Adjunct Faculty at John Tyler--Midlothian. Revised Second Edition.
Tompkins, Patrick, Ed.; And Others
A study was conducted by students in two sections of a writing course at the Midlothian Campus of Virginia's John Tyler Community College to determine the characteristics of the college's adjunct faculty and their satisfaction with contract conditions, working conditions, and opportunities for professional development. Students developed a questionnaire and distributed it to all 50 adjunct faculty at the campus, with responses being received from 45 faculty members. Study findings included the following: (1) adjuncts represented 83% of the campus' faculty, while 33.3% were between the ages of 36 and 45 and 58% were female; (2) 64.4% had received a Master's degree, 15.6% held a doctoral degree, and only 8.9% had a Bachelor's degree; (3) 42.2% were extremely or mildly dissatisfied with their salary, while 62.2% felt secure that their contract would be renewed and 64.4% were definitely interested in having their contracts renewed for the next semester; (4) the majority of respondents indicated that they were invited to meetings, but one-third or less attended; (5) 66.7% were either moderately or extremely satisfied with communication with administration; and (6) while 44.4% indicated that they were interested in attending professional development seminars, 86.7% were unaware of or have minimal knowledge of the statewide Professional Development Initiative. Contains faculty comments to open-ended questions and 14 references. Appendixes provide information on the college, the survey instrument, a table of respondents by subject area, and a list of student research groups and project responsibilities. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Tyler Community Coll., Midlothian, VA.