ERIC Number: ED481534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
It's a Small World After All: Creating Magic in Faculty Development.
Mulholland, Kevin; Grogan, Tim
This document discusses the creation of a faculty development program in Valencia Community College's Osceola Campus called Faculty to Faculty Connection. Part-time faculty makes up 48-55% of classes taught depending on the discipline, which is higher than the College's full time to part time ratio. The program's purpose is to address two concerns expressed by part-time faculty: (1) part-time faculty reported a sense of disassociation or anomie in terms of their relationship with institution; and (2) part-time faculty also felt that they needed a better "tool kit" to improve their effectiveness in the classroom. The Faculty to Faculty Connection program attempts to alleviate some of the problems faced by the part-time faculty by allowing professors to meet with colleagues and discuss important issues regarding their relationship to the institution as well as how faculty can improve student learning. The program grew considerably in size during its first year; attesting to the positive reviews that were being passed around by word of mouth. The program was evaluated after the first year by the faculty and it received very favorable reviews. These reviews will be taken into account as the program moves into its second year. (MZ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.