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ERIC Number: ED558905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 240
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3032-7743-6
In or Out: The Cultural Integration of Part-Time Faculty at Two New England Community Colleges
Shanahan, Ellen C.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Public community colleges rely increasingly on high percentages of adjunct or part-time faculty. While these faculty members often teach many course sections, they often are disconnected from the institutional culture and mission. This comparative case study examined two New England community colleges, one with 100% part-time faculty and one with the more traditional structure of full-time and adjunct faculty members. The purpose of the study was to examine how part-time faculty were included in the mission and culture of each college and to determine what best practices were in use at each institution to involve part-time faculty. Four themes emerged from the study: communication, compensation, connections, and constraints. While the two colleges were unique, the findings could be used to improve the way colleges, administrators, and full-time faculty include part-time faculty in order to link them more closely to the institutional mission. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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