ERIC Number: ED474643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
The Unholy Alliance between Departments of Educational Administration and Their "Invisible Faculty." Occasional Paper.
Many departments of educational administration might be operating disjointed master's degree programs. On one hand, regular faculty members teach foundation courses and research theory. On the other hand, adjunct professors, who make up an "invisible faculty" and commonly work in isolation from the regular faculty and even one another, teach the practical courses in educational administration. This publication reports on an informal study conducted by the American Association of School Administrators that explored the nature of this situation. Surveys were sent to school superintendents, 295 of whom responded. Responses show that these superintendent-adjunct professors commonly teach core courses, such as school finance, school law, educational leadership, and administration. They commonly develop their own course syllabi without guidance from university colleagues. They interact most frequently with fellow superintendents instead of university professors. Because they are already paid through their superintendent jobs, they are not bothered by low adjunct salaries. Their primary motivation for being an adjunct professor includes personal growth, passing on their professional knowledge, and hopes of improving the training of new leaders. Little communication exists between adjunct and regular faculty members, which adjunct faculty members are comfortable with because of a well-developed sense of who and what they are. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.