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Best Practices for Supporting Adjunct Faculty



Best Practices for Supporting Adjunct Faculty

Richard E. Lyons (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-933-37127-6 May 2007 Jossey-Bass 280 Pages


The number of part-time faculty members is increasing steadily, to the point that most colleges and universities could not function efficiently without them. The evening and weekend availability of adjunct faculty enables us to expand class schedules to serve the educational needs of nontraditional students, and their expertise offers students important real-world perspectives.Yet there is often a lack of preparation or support for their vital role. Best Practices for Supporting Adjunct Faculty is written for a full range of academic leaders, including instructional administrators, department chairs, and directors of teaching and learning centers. It showcases proven initiatives at a variety of institutional types—two- and four year, public and private—that help achieve the needs of adjunct instructors, while increasing their effectiveness within institutions’ existing delivery systems. This book provides research data on the initiatives highlighted, and valuable ideas for institutions expanding their professional development opportunities for part-time instructors—thus enhancing student learning and improving accountability outcomes. Contents include:
  • Deepening our understanding of adjunct faculty
  • Ensuring an effective start for adjunct faculty
  • Supporting adjunct faculty through face-to-face and online programming
  • Mentoring adjunct instructors in a variety of approaches
  • Building community and a sense of mission
  • Analysis of orientation, pre-service training, recognition, and comprehensive professional development programs for adjunct faculty
  • Portraits of proven programs and strategies for implementing initiatives at your institution
  • An adjunct professor’s perspective on the benefits of supporting your part-timers’ teaching

About the Authors iii

Preface x

Deepening Our Understanding of Adjunct Faculty, Richard E. Lyons 1

Ensuring an Effective Start for Adjunct Faculty: Orientation With Multiple Options, Kevin Yee 13

The Part-Time Faculty Institute: Strategically Designed and Continually Assessed, Marianne H. Hutti, Gale S. Rhodes, Joni Allison, Evelyn Lauterbach 31

A Proven Program for Supporting Adjunct Faculty Online, Daryl Peterson 49

Mentoring Adjunct Instructors: Fostering Bonds That Strengthen Teaching and Learning, Cynthia Zutter 68

A Mentoring Network for Adjunct Faculty: From Proposal to Pilot to Five-Year Plan, Gayle Nolan, Cynthia Siegrist, Nancy Richard 81

A Consortium Approach to Supporting Part-Time Faculty, Helen Burnstad, Ben Hayes, Cindy Hoss, Ann-Marie West 107

An Applied Course in Teaching That Serves the Home and Neighboring Institutions, Thomas Lux 118

The Associate Program: A Foundation for Professional Growth in Adjunct Faculty, Russell Richardson 132

Adjunct Faculty Associates Professional Development Program, Keith Barker, Dan Mercier 143

Supporting Adjunct Faculty Through Orientation and Mentoring Initiatives and an Online Professional Development Course, Jeanne C. Silliman 158

A Proven, Comprehensive Program for Preparing and Supporting Adjunct Faculty Members, Frank Harber, Richard E. Lyons 186

Initiating a Support System for Adjunct Faculty: The First Year, Laura Renninger, Shannon Holliday, Marie Carter 199

The Two-Year Effort to Build a Program That Provides Part-Time Faculty Pedagogical Support, Community, and a Sense of Mission, H. Edward Lambert, Milton D. Cox 217

Professional Development Geared to Part-Timers' Needs: An Adjunct Professor's Perspective, Jason Schwartz 241

Index 252