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ERIC Number: ED526415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 100
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-1316-4
Evaluation of an Online Model for Adjunct and Full-Time Community College Faculty Professional Development
Baxter, Thomas D.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The utilization of adjunct faculty, especially in the community college setting, has steadily increased over the last several decades. Staff development for faculty at a community college, however, is often disproportionately targeted toward full-time faculty. This study used a program evaluation to assess an existing online faculty development program and to determine the participation rate of adjunct and full-time faculty and the impact the faculty development program had on participation by both faculty groups. The theoretical framework for this study was grounded in constructivist and cognitive load theories. Data collected by the college administration included online surveys in the faculty development program pre- and post program participation and discussions submitted by the participants. The data were analyzed using a "t" test of independent samples and an ANOVA analysis to test the significance of mean differences between the survey responses. Key results indicated a moderate correlation (r = 0.45) for responses to whether current staff development opportunities meet their (faculty) needs and faculty taking advantage of these opportunities. One conclusion in this study was that the delivery method of the staff development program was not related to faculty participation. Recommendations include having administrators review the college's staff development process and to formalize this process across divisions. This approach could provide an impetus for improvement of development for faculty and offer a means for positive social change in faculty instruction which, in turn, affects student outcomes. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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