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ERIC Number: ED499116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Part-Time Faculty: Building a Quality Team. DETC Occasional Paper Number 24
Adams, Mary; Dority, Kim
Distance Education and Training Council
Part-time faculty, once a rare breed among teachers, are stepping into an increasingly critical role in higher education. Just as traditional colleges are relying on adjunct faculty to a degree unheard of just a decade ago, non-traditional programs are coming to rely on the flexibility, broader skills sets, and "real-world" knowledge that that these new "unbundled" instructors can deliver. Like every new opportunity, however, using contract or contingent faculty brings with it some interesting new challenges, especially for distance learning institutions. This paper explores several issues surrounding the use of adjunct faculty in distance education: (1) common characteristics of "free-agent" teachers; (2) what administrators need from part-time faculty and vice versa; (3) how to structure an effective working relationship; and (4) how adjuncts can add value to students' education. A list of recommended resources is included. The following are appended: (1) Interview with Two Online Adjunct Faculty; and (2) Four Sample Faculty Contracts. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A