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ERIC Number: EJ895383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
A Primer on Improving Contingent Faculty Conditions
McGrew, Heidi; Untener, Joe
Academe, v96 n4 p43-45 Jul-Aug 2010
Challenges associated with the increasing use of contingent faculty appointments in American higher education are mounting. The AAUP and other professional groups have identified several major problems: (1) unacceptable conditions and compensation for contingent faculty members; (2) poor learning outcomes for students; and (3) the potential erosion of academic freedom. These issues have also appeared in the popular press, adding public scrutiny to what was previously an internal concern. At the University of Dayton (UD), the authors' experience of these challenges led them to initiate a collaboration among the part-time faculty, the university administration, and the tenure-line faculty in 2008. Mindful of the guidelines in the AAUP's 2003 statement "Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession," they set a goal of concretely improving conditions for those teaching part time at UD. In this article, the authors describe how they developed a university-wide "statement of practice" to articulate standards and guidelines related to part-time faculty members.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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