ERIC Number: ED482716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug-19
An Exploration of Hiring Practices in Community Colleges.
Flannigan, Suzanne; Jones, Barbara; Moore, William, Jr.
This article is based on an in-depth qualitative study which focuses on past and current faculty hiring practices in the community college system. It represents a comprehensive approach, including a review of literature, evaluation of practices across community college systems, and informal interviews with faculty and administrators about the hiring process at their institutions. The authors address issues of impending faculty retirements, effectiveness of hiring practices, and replacement of full-time faculty with adjunct instructors. The article argues that many of the faculty due to retire were hired at a time when the concept of college instruction was more aligned with public schools and the university model than with the learning-centered community college mission of the present. The traditional hiring process has not kept pace with changes in the institution. The authors contend that the interview process is one of the most problematic areas in current hiring practices. Interviewers must clearly define institutional missions, and interviewees must be able to clearly discuss their personal values. Innovative approaches to hiring begin with development of meaningful criteria and job descriptions, as well as offering comprehensive orientation programs for new faculty, and even performance-based hiring. (Contains 18 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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