ERIC Number: ED451870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-24
Tapping into the Academic Workforce: Beyond Complaints to Dialogue, Resolution and Accommodation.
Labeouf, Joanne P.
This document highlights some of the main problems in using temporary, adjunct, and part-time (TAP) faculty, a practice that is becoming commonplace in higher education, especially at the community college level. Institutions use TAP faculty for several reasons: economic motivation, staffing flexibility in times of fluctuating enrollments, stronger ties to the community, a desire for a wide variety of skills and expertise in teaching specialized courses, and less cost. According to the 1998 Sloan Report, TAP faculty comprised approximately 61% in law, 50% in English and literature, 49% in math and statistics, and 27% in physical sciences. The numbers of TAP faculty are increasing; however, these teachers' benefits, working conditions, salaries, and job security are not. There is a great need for college administrations to implement new personnel policies before further conflicts arise. Recommendations include: offering opportunities for professional development, further integrating TAP faculty into various departments, providing tenure for long-term part-time faculty, setting standards of progression through the salary scale, and developing objective performance data for evaluations whose results can aid in reappointment. The case study of the community colleges in the State of California is discussed with regard to how change might be found by working through the legal system. The employment patterns of Northwest Virginia Community College are also introduced for further insight into the TAP issue and its resolution. Contains 17 references. (CJW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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