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ERIC Number: ED417793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-24
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
How the Other 2/3 Live: Institutional Initiatives for Part-Time Faculty Assimilation in America's 2-Year Colleges.
Parsons, Michael H.
The number of part-time faculty employed in two-year colleges has risen dramatically in recent years, with current data indicating that 64% of two-year college faculty work part time. It is critical, therefore, that colleges ensure that part-time faculty are well integrated into the organizational culture. In assessing initiatives for helping part-timers assimilate, colleges can look to standards established by their regional accrediting agency or guidelines developed by advocacy groups, such as the American Association of University Professors. In addition, a number of processes have been developed and implemented, making part-time faculty integral components of the college. These processes include such steps as providing handbooks for part-timers, conducting formal evaluations at least once a year, developing mechanisms for recognizing and publishing adjuncts' efforts, providing professional development funds, including adjuncts on college committees, and involving them in curriculum and textbook decisions. Moreover, part-time faculty should be recognized as integral to the future of two-year colleges, in that their broad-based experience adds to the colleges' comprehensiveness and flexibility. Finally, improving the quality of institutional life for part-time faculty is not a finite goal, but a part of the endless process of developing teaching excellence among both part- and full-time faculty. A paradigm for assimilating part-time faculty is appended. Contains 13 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hagerstown Junior Coll., MD.