ERIC Number: ED443452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May-29
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A Proven Program for Developing Adjunct Community College Faculty.
Lyons, Richard E.; Kysilka, Marcella L.
A multi-perspective qualitative study was conducted during the spring 1996 semester to investigate the impact of a mentoring initiative on the performance of ten adjunct instructors, new to the faculty of Indian River Community College (Florida). The study found that all participants derived a significant value from the mentoring initiative, with those who had some previous teaching experience in another setting and/or a previous mentoring relationship accessing the mentor more frequently and deriving the greatest benefit. The initiation of mentoring with an adjunct instructor should follow his or her mastery of a foundation of pedagogical knowledge. Mentoring should not be used to supplant an initial, more structured role to be played by a department chair or other discipline leader. The interpersonal skills of the mentor played a more significant role in the success of the mentoring relationship than did his demographic characteristics. The report recommends a five-component comprehensive plan for the development of the college's adjunct faculty: (1) structured orientation of new adjunct instructors; (2) development and subsequent delivery of a teaching methods course mandated for all new adjunct faculty; (3) ongoing, individually-initiated mentoring between new adjunct and veteran instructors; (4) development of a structured set of opportunities for social interaction between full-time and adjunct faculty; and (5) creation and promotion of a materials resource center. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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