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ERIC Number: ED512019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
American Academic: A National Survey of Part-time/Adjunct Faculty. Volume 2
American Federation of Teachers (NJ)
Plainly, part-time/adjunct faculty members now play a vital role in educating the nation's college students. Even so, the data and research on part-time/adjunct faculty members have tended to be pretty spotty. This survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers, is one of the first nationwide attempts to really understand the role of part-time/adjunct faculty. Telephone interviews were conducted on a national sample of part-time/adjunct faculty employed in two- and four-year public and private nonprofit higher education institutions. The survey results address three fundamental questions: (1) Who are part-time/adjunct faculty members?; (2) Under what conditions do they work?; and (3) How do they view their work and the challenges they face on campus? The survey reveals that part-time/adjunct instructors are generally pleased to have teaching jobs and enjoy teaching. Part-time/adjunct faculty members vary considerably in the extent of their participation in the institution as well as their ambitions to teach on a full-time basis. The survey highlights serious shortcomings in the financial and professional support received by part-time/adjunct instructors, and reveals widespread concern in the ranks about bread-and-butter conditions. This report has five sections. Section I provides a demographic overview of part-time and adjunct faculty. Section II examines faculty's attitudes toward part-time employment. Section III explores job satisfaction and faculty's assessment of various employment conditions. Section IV reports on the compensation and benefits received by faculty. Finally, section V reviews professional support and advancement opportunities.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: AFT Higher Education