ERIC Number: ED417686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Part-Time Faculty: Quality Issues.
Update, v4 n2 Mar 1998
This publication presents 14 graphs providing data from interviews with 800 part-time college faculty 396 union members and 404 non-members. Results for union members and non-members are reported separately in each graph. The graphs illustrate the following major findings: (1) over two-thirds of part-time faculty hold other jobs; (2) almost half spend at least 20 hours per week at their other jobs; (3) part-time faculty are experienced and provide a stable workforce for their institutions; (4) about half of part-time faculty earn less than $2,500 per course; (5) humanities, English, and languages have the highest percentage of part-time faculty; (6) more women prefer part-time for personal reasons; (7) compared to a 1993 study, multiyear contracts are much less frequent; (8) part-time faculty in states with bargaining units are much more likely to hold office hours than part-time respondents in the 1993 study; (9) part-time faculty are more likely to be evaluated by students and administration than peers; (10) part-time faculty are divided between preferring part-time and preferring full-time positions; and (11) future part-time employment is dependent on a formal evaluation for just over half of part-time faculty. (DB)
Descriptors: Adjunct Faculty, Higher Education, Part Time Faculty, Quality of Working Life, Sex Differences, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Salaries, Unions
National Education Association, Office of Higher Education, 1201 Sixteenth St., N.W., Washington DC 20036; phone: 202-822-7100.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.