ERIC Number: EJ1035611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Online Education and Contingent Faculty: An Exploratory Analysis of Issues and Challenges for Higher Education Administrators
Ortagus, Justin C.; Stedrak, Luke J.
Educational Considerations, v40 n3 p30-33 Sum 2013
Ortagus and Stedrak address in this article the growth, popularity, and accessibility of online courses, and the fact that higher education administrators are under tremendous pressure to keep pace with rapidly evolving conditions related to online learning. Their exploratory analysis addresses the growth of online education and the use of contingent faculty in relationship to tenured and tenure-track faculty. It then describes inhibitors to online teaching for tenured and tenure-track faculty and offers potential administrative strategies to increase their participation. The authors conclude that given the current incentives associated with faculty's academic disciplines and research pursuits, higher education administrators might want to consider online learning as pedagogical and professional development activities that count toward tenure, promotion, and salary increases. In addition, instructional design and development support, including release time, might incentivize faculty who feel they do not have the time to develop and maintain online courses without taking time away from scholarship.
Descriptors: Online Courses, Adjunct Faculty, College Faculty, College Administration, Administrators, Tenure, Barriers, Faculty Workload, Enrollment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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